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WHAT IS THE TRINITY?

FEBRUARY 6,  1 John 5:7

 
After dinner one evening, Teck Ling picked up a church bulletin from the coffee table. “It says here that Pastor is going to preach on the Trinity next week,” she said. “I don’t even know what ‘the Trinity’ means.”
 
“It means that God the Father, God the Son-that’s Jesus-and God the Holy Spirit are three persons, yet they are one God,” explained Mom. “The word ‘Trinity’ isn’t found in the Bible, but the idea of God in three persons is found in several places. I’ll show you a few of them.”
 
Just then Dad hurried into the room. “Honey, could you help me?” he asked mom. “A button just popped off this shirt.”
 
“I’ll have that fixed in a jiffy,” said Mom, so Teck Ling had to wait.
 
Feeling a little impatient, Teck Ling frowned. But as she waited, she thought about the explanation of the Trinity her mother had given her. By the time Mom bustled into the room again, a smile had replaced Teck Ling’s frown.
 
Mom reached for her Bible. “Now,” she said, “let’s see if I can find some verses to help you understand the Trinity.”
 
“1 John 5:7, says “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” This is the clearest proof of the doctrine of the Trinity. In Matthew 3:16-17, the Bible also clearly describes the three distinct persons of the Trinity in action at the baptism of Jesus: (1) God the Son on earth, going through the waters of baptism, (2) God the Father in heaven, commending His beloved Son, and (3) God the Spirit descending from heaven to earth in the form of a dove.
 
The Bible tells us that there is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4-5). Thus, in this oneness, there is a threeness. There are three Persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three Persons are not divided but distinguished; the Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Spirit, the Spirit is not the Father; but the Father is God, the Son is God,  the Spirit is God (i.e. the same living and true God who is only One). One God in Three Persons.”
 
Teck Ling thanked her mother for helping her understand the doctrine of the Trinity.
 
Thought: Trinity is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit!
 
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the doctrine of the Trinity. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.