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The Miracle of the Trinity
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
The impression is often given that the Trinity is: ‘clearly unbelievable, the best proof that the Bible contains myths’. The doctrine of the Trinity is unique to Christianity (J Frame, Apologetics to the Glory of God, R&R Publishing, 1994,p 47).
The Bible reveals a Trinitarian God, namely God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:16-17). It is One God, but three persons. It is a doctrine that confuses many people. To better understand it, let us compare the Trinity with a modern business. God is the CEO, Jesus as Son is the MD who executes the business plan; and the Holy Spirit is the firm’s Representative who markets the product - eternal citizenship in the kingdom of God. They work in perfect unity to achieve the united goal, even though each has his own function.
The Trinity planned the eternal kingdom of God, before time began (Titus 1:2). As CEO, the Father gave the word go for the creation of the universe. Jesus Christ did the actual creating (Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2) and the Holy Spirit was present to breathe the life of God into man (Genesis 1:1-2 & 2:7). The earth became the dwelling place of human beings. God wanted only loyal subjects in his kingdom, people who would live according to His constitution. (Which country doesn’t?) This constitution demanded absolute peace - the absence of murder, rape, theft, jealousy, hatred, infidelity, etc. To test man’s allegiance he was given the choice to accept God as king or choose to obey the serpent, called satan or the devil (Rev 12:9). The devil was an angel who rebelled against God and is his rival. He also has a kingdom after his own character filled with everything God hates, namely murder, hatred, deception, self-centeredness, etc. It is known as the kingdom of darkness, which holds sway over society (1 John 5:19). Man chose to follow the serpent’s ideas and to disobey God. Man took on the nature of his ruler, the devil. With this new, sinful, disobedient nature man failed God’s standards of perfection - Romans 3:23. This meant that all are destined to the same prison as the devil, eternal hell.
In this seemingly hopeless situation the glorious plan of the Trinity was that God himself, as Jesus (Colossians 2:9), would come and die for man’s sin and rebellion against God. In that way man could be saved from his punishment. He would again be able to choose to enter God’s perfect kingdom. To execute the plan, Jesus became a man and died on the cross. (He was perfectly God and man. The abolition of the crime record of man demanded that only a person without any criminal record could pay the penalty - Jesus had to be God - 2 Corinthians 5:19 & 21.) Jesus’ resurrection from the dead proved His mission was successful and He returned to headquarters in heaven to be with His Father.
Representing the firm, the Holy Spirit was sent to earth (John 16:13-15). He had to be God to be omnipresent (everywhere at the same time) to convince, help, teach, lead and indwell the believers (John 14:15-17).
Summary: The Trinity is not a myth or unbelievable. All three members of the Godhead execute their role in perfect unity.
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