The doctrine of the Trinity is incomprehensible, yet undeniable. The doctrine of the Trinity is unfathomable, yet unmistakeable. The true and living God is one God, revealed in three persons. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. They are co-equal, and co-eternal. One God equally, and eternally existing in three persons.
This is difficult to understand, as it should be. Who can honestly say that they fully understand all that God is? If we could fully comprehend Him, He would no longer be God. Yet, this truth of the Trinity must be accepted, must be believed, and we must never allow this doctrine to sit on the upper-shelf collecting dust.
We believe the Trinity, because the Scriptures teach the Trinity. Scriptures such as:
- “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” -John 1:1
- “Go therefore 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
- “and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with whom I am well pleased.” -Luke 3:22
In the church, our preaching should be Trinitarian. Our music should be Trinitarian. Our prayers should be Trinitarian. Because the God that we worship is Triune. We must embrace, cherish, treasure, and lift high the Triunity of God.
All three persons of the Trinity have distinct functions, and roles. The Father is the architect of the plan of redemption. The Son is the accomplisher of the plan of redemption. The Holy Spirit is the applier of the plan of redemption.
The Father through predestination is the Architect. The Son through propitiation is the Accomplisher. The Holy Spirit through regeneration is the Applier. A profound Triune operation for our salvation.
(Romans 8:29, Romans 3:25, Titus 3:5)
Now, do not be disheartened if you cannot fully comprehend the Trinity. If you struggle with this great reality, you are in good company. Jonathan Edwards said this about the Trinity:
“I find the doctrine of the Trinity to be the highest and deepest of all divine mysteries.”
or Vernon Grounds:
“Explain the Trinity? We can’t even begin. We can only accept it as a mystery disclosed in Scripture. It should be no surprise that the Triune Being of God baffles our finite minds. We should be surprised, rather, if we could understand the nature of our Creator. He would be a two-bit deity, not the fathomless source of all reality.”
or my favorite quote from Harold Lindsell:
“The mind of man cannot fully understand the mystery of the Trinity. He who has tried to understand the mystery fully will lose his mind, but he who would deny the Trinity will lose his soul.”
Those are striking words, that I can sympathize with. In my attempts to fully explain the depth, width, and height of the Trinity, I can feel like one who is losing their mind. Yet, I know deep in my being, that to deny this most sacred truth, would be to deny God, and lose my soul.
So, do not be disheartened if you cannot fully grasp the doctrine of the Trinity. Yet, you should be terrified to reject it.