Understanding the Trinity

By Patrick Hawthorne


Back in my days as a Hazardous Materials Technician I became dangerously learned in how certain chemicals reacted with each other.  I say dangerously learned because I learned just enough to be dangerous; especially if my learning resulted in a few experiments along the way.  Yet, certain facets of my quest for knowledge with chemicals also contributed to my desire to gain more knowledge within the God realm, specifically in understanding complicated subjects such as the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Throughout my fifty-two years of life, I have heard many explanations of the Trinity.  I have even heard and read from people who were convinced they held a complete understanding of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit trio.  To that I cry, “Hogwash.”  For with each argument presented, there is always one more question waiting in the wings.  Truthfully, no matter how much we think we understand, we will never be able to totally wrap our finite brains around an infinite God nor His nature.  Yet, we can have somewhat of a clearer understanding if we meditate on Him and His Word.

The Trinity has always been confusing because, even though our faith in the Word of God tells us that Jesus and the Holy Spirit existed with God from the very beginning, our failure to fully understand comes from the fact that God has no beginning and no end; He just is.  With that being the case, how did Jesus and the Holy Spirit get brought into the picture?  Did God create them?  Is God the Father actually God the boss?

When I think about the Trinity, I think of it in terms of water.  After all, the Word declares that God is the Living Water who satisfies our spiritual thirst.  Water, as we know, is a liquid.  In its liquid state, molecules are running around like the energizer bunny; they are constantly moving.  If those molecules were to slow down such as by freezing, they would stick together and become a solid block of ice.  On the flip side, if those molecules were subjected to intense heat, they would become like the energizer bunny on speed.  The molecules would get to moving so fast that the water would turn from a liquid to a vapor.

Notice that even though the water has three distinct forms, all three forms are still one hundred percent the same water.  No one form created the other…they just are.  In the same way, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three distinct personalities yet are one in essence (one in being); there is no hierarchy.  They are all fully God, yet fully God in three distinct forms with three distinct missions.  A prime example can be found in 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 concerning spiritual gifts.

  • There are diversities of gifts, but the same spirit (Holy Spirit).
  • There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord (Jesus).
  • There are diversities of activities, but it is the same God (The Father) who works all in all.

I know this is still clear as mud for many of those who are reading.  As I wrote earlier, with each explanation comes another question.  Even though we might have to keep the faith concerning the Trinity, just remember that God loves each of us so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die for us so that we might have eternal life.   Be blessed.

In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God. (John 1:1-2)

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8 comments on “Understanding the Trinity
  1. Jules says:

    It’s good to have faith and believe and it’s good to meditate and consider mysteries without fear of doubt. Thank you for this.

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  2. usarmymsg says:

    Very good my son.

    Like you know you are the son to whom I am the father who happens to be a man (male you know). Now ain’t that something. But I remember when you called me “Daddy” pre “POP” days. So that says, I am a male, who happens to be the father, but loves my children so much that I am known as “Daddy” Ain’t that 3 in 1. Something like that, but I agree, Jehovah God is so awesome we can’t wrap our heads around how magnificent He is.

    Keep it up. Careful with the experiments though

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  3. DeniseBalog says:

    And I love this..”And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters ” Genesis 1:2 (ESV). Oh, the beauty of His Word:)

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  4. deborah ann says:

    Good insights as to the mystery of the Trinity . . . The things about God that I do not understand are just that for me a mystery . . . like how did He create Himself . . . I’ve ponder that one, but not for long . . . somethings I don’t think He wants us to know and that’s fine with me! ~ I pray you have a blessed Thanksgiving with your family and friends ~


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