Questions from a new friend

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” – Matthew 28:19 (emphasis mine)

I met a new friend recently.  He emailed me last week and asked a question:

“How can three persons exist in one?”

Here is a portion of my response:

The three persons living as one, what we refer to as the Trinity, is a little harder to comprehend.  The simplest way that I can think of to explain this is to picture water.  Water can exist as water, steam, or ice.  Each is a distinct representation of water, yet they all are made of the same hydrogen and oxygen molecules.

While this is an example that I have heard used, and I have used many times over the years, I have come to realize that this may not be the best example I could have used.  Water has to have an external stimulus to change, and the water actually changes.  God does not change.  He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

As I struggled to provide  a better example, it finally dawned on me.  Answer the question with a question:  Who am I?

As I answered this, I had to start a list.  I am:

  • a husband to my wife
  • a son to my mother and father
  • a brother to my brothers and sisters
  • a friend to my friends
  • an employee to my boss
  • a coworker to my fellow employees
  • a leader in my church
  • a follower of the teachings of Jesus
  • a sinner who needed the blood of Jesus for redemption

I am all of these things, and I am so much more, yet I am still one person.  God is so much more than this.  God is

  • God the Father – a loving, but just, parent who attends to our needs.  He loves us in all situations, but will discipline us when we need it.  God is a God of love, but he is also a God of justice.
  • God the Son – Jesus Christ is God incarnate.  Jesus is also called the Word.  In John 1:14, we read “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” God became a man to die for our sins.  For every sin, a sacrifice must be made.  God became that sacrifice.
  • God the Holy Spirit – After the death and the resurrection, the Son went to be with the Father.  Jesus promised His disciples a Counselor to be with them.  This same Counselor is still available to all who believe in Jesus, and ask Him to be  apart of their lives.  This Counselor, the Holy Spirit, will guide you in Truth.

God is:

  • Who you need
  • When you need
  • Where you need

God will meet your needs, if you will let Him.  All that he asks is that you trust in Him.  Accept the Gift that he sent in His Son, Jesus Christ.

This is how three people can exist in one.

Peace in Christ to you,


May 12 2009 05:26 am | General

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