At the beginning of my faith journey, one of the most difficult subjects for me to understand was the doctrine of the Trinity (three in one). Right at the top of my list of questions was, “How can God be three in one?” Our minds can’t comprehend God’s existence. God is greater than our ability to understand the vastness of his power. We believe there is one God who is the creator of all things and He controls the whole universe. He is eternal, unchangeable, loving, just, right, holy, and has infinite power. And that is the absolute truth!
I searched the meaning of the word, “Trinity” and discovered that “Tri” means three, and “Unity” means One. Tri+Unity = Trinity. Three in one.
Why do we presume only certain things from God? And why do we not stop for a moment and think of the verse where Jesus said, “God can do things that are not possible for people.” ( Luke 18:27)
I love Natalie Grant’s song, “The King of the World”. The lyrics describe how most of us think of God.
“I tried to fit you in the walls inside my mind,
I try to keep you safely in between the lines,
I try to put you in the box that I’ve designed,
I try to pull you down so we are eye to eye…..
How could I make you so small
When you’re the one who holds it all….”
We can’t put God in a box and sit Him on the top shelf and expect Him to do whatever our little minds devise. Why don’t we grasp that God can do anything He desires? Nothing is impossible for Him. He is everywhere as Spirit and Light in you, me, and others. Who are we to say, “Oh no, God won’t do this or that.” Why not? After all, He is God and we are not. It is beyond our knowledge, to understand God’s mysterious work. We don’t need to have an answer for everything in order for us to believe in Him. All He wants us to do is to live by faith, to trust Him with all our hearts.
There are many things that we see right before our eyes that, although we don’t completely understand them, we trust them to do what they are designed to do. Take, for instance, my cell phone. I have no idea how it’s made, but I expect it to work and I know it serves many purposes. Likewise, we may not know how airplanes are made, but we rely on them to get us to our next destination. It’s the same with God, We’ll never fully understand Him, but when we trust Him with all our hearts and put our trust in Him, He will deliver what He has promised to us by faith according to His will.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 says:
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from the beginning to the end.”
So why all the fuss? Why can’t we just live our life with faith? Just like every new believer, I had a lot of spiritual questions that I would ask God as I prayed,“O Lord, help me to overcome my doubts. I really want to know you a little bit more.” One of the questions I had was regarding the existence of the Trinity. I was determined to find out the answer to this big and bold question. God expects lots of questions from new believers and even from those who don’t yet believe. I’ve received answers to some of my questions, but some I haven’t. And I may have to wait for heaven to have the answer to other questions.
Yet God was teaching me to live by faith, not by sight. I must remind you that this was all happening in the very beginning of my faith journey.
I grew up knowing God as spirit and light, and as a new Christian, I was now trying to comprehend the meaning of the reality that God is three in one – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. As I continued with my research through different studies and other biblical sources, I gained some knowledge of this concept. It took time, but everything came together one by one, and it all began to make sense.
The first question: Why is God is called the Father? And how can He have a son? God is light and in Him there is no darkness. He is also spirit. This made sense to me. But wait! Can we really call Him “Our Father?” Weren’t we created by Him and for Him? Isn’t He the one who provides all of our needs? Isn’t He the One who lovingly gives us free will? Let’s not confuse Him with our earthly father, as He is greater than that. He is our Heavenly Father! Because of His unconditional love for His children, He has provided a way that He can have a relationship with His children. That is why He sent someone to make a straight path, a bridge between us and Himself.
Just as God desires to have a close bond with His children, He gave us the desire to have that kind of tight bond with our children and vise versa. Our children like to have an affectionate relationship with us because we are made in His image. So how can we have that kind of relationship with Almighty God? He is Holy and pure light. And we’re all sinful, we need someone who can be without sin, pure, and anointed to communicate with God on our behalf.
Our sinful nature and our need for a savior reminded me one of a friend’s story. With her permission, I’m going to tell you her story.
Once she had conversation with a man on the subject of how human being’s sinful nature and selfish desire cause a lot of pain in the world. The person she was conversing with claimed that not all people are sinful. At the end of their discussion my friend told him, “We’re all sinful by falling short in our daily lives. May God have a mercy on all of us.” After she finished, he murmured under his tongue, “Speak for yourself.” In other words, he was implying that he and his family are without sin. Really?!!! At this point, I’m thinking, “Ouch – does he not know that self-righteousness is also a sin?””The Bible says in 1 John 1:8 | NIV
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” The man was deceiving himself. The truth wasn’t in him.
Rick Warren said: “Sin is when we play god. To stop defeating yourself you most stop deceiving yourself.”
May we never be so foolish to think of ourselves in this way! By pretending to be without sin, we commit sin. Let’s not ever live in denial of our ability to sin. We’re all sinners in need of a savior, and may God our Heavenly Father have mercy on us.
Next, let’s see who can save us from our sin, thereby allowing us to have a relationship with God Almighty.
After God graciously revealed His authority as a Father to me, I’m completely content with His guardianship over me as His beloved daughter.
Matthew 6:8 | NIV
“Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
Stay tuned for part two – How can God be three in one and why is Jesus called the Son of God?