Although the bible does not use the word “trinity”, it does describe the concept. In the past it often confused me how God could be one but yet He is the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. It seemed like we were worshiping more than one God and that is how monotheist non-christian religions see it. They don’t understand why or how we can worship a single deity with three beings. The bible tells us how and why.
God describes Himself as more than one.
Genesis 1:26-27 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Genesis 3:22 And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
Genesis 11:7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
The bible says there are many lords and gods but there is only one true God. Only one God created everything and only one God is to be worshiped above all.
Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
But why does He refer to Himself as “us”? This is the old testament witness of Christ. The first witness. Our second witness is in the New Testament.
1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
You see, because of sin man is separated from God. This is how I have been compelled to explain it. Someone you love and would do anything for has just finish a hard exercise workout. Their body odor is completely atrocious. It is so bad that you can’t stand to be next to them because it makes you almost sick. Phew! I love you but you stink. Get away from me. You don’t want to be near them until they bathe and clean off the offensive odor. God can’t be near us because of our stink of sin. Through Jesus Christ we are able to wash the stench away and God can come near us in the form of the Holy Ghost/Spirit as we can not withstand His full form. For our mortal protection, this is how He can be near us, guide us, and teach us. He sent Himself as Jesus to properly cleanse us of the filth. He had to do this in a human form so we would see Him and the blood He shed for us. When He went back to heaven He sent Himself as the Holy Ghost/Spirit to be with us always.
John 14:6-21 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
There really is no way to accurately depict the Trinity of God. The best examples are, one the egg. The shell, the white, and the yolk make up a single egg. However, these three are parts of an egg and not the egg itself. Another is water. Water can be in the form of liquid, ice, or vapor. However, these three are no longer water in these other forms, whereas, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are all God, all the time. The bible says we can depict the trinity like this…
Acts 17:29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.
We can’t describe it because we can’t fully understand it. Plus, God does not want us creating an image of the trinity that would lead us to worship it. Just as christians bow in worship and pray to the image of the cross. But that is for another message.
2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.