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Can you explain the Trinity to me?


The Bible shows very clearly that there is only one God, and yet that there are three personal distinctions in His complex nature, traditionally referred to as “three Persons in the Godhead”—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Each is distinct from the others but never acts independently. They are one in nature and purpose. This mystery is called the doctrine of the Trinity, though that term is not used in the Bible. The teaching, however, is present in seed form in the Old Testament and is revealed explicitly in the New Testament. Note passages such as Matthew 28:19; John 10:30, 14:26; 2 Corinthians 13:14.

Our finite minds cannot understand or explain this mystery of God, which is nevertheless a fact. We must accept the truths found in the Word of God by faith even though we ourselves cannot comprehend them fully; read Hebrews 11:1, 3, 6 and 1 Corinthians 2:5-10, 14; 13:12.

It is really not surprising that the infinite God should be complex in His nature beyond the ability of finite humans to comprehend! This doctrine is absolutely essential to New Testament Christianity. Theologians have pointed out that if it were not true, the Bible would be unreliable, Christ would not be divine, and His death on the cross would not atone for our sins, being merely the death of a martyr.

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  1. Ann says:

    Oh, thank you all. I am so glad I am not alone about how to explain the Trinity!

  2. Josephine says:

    The Father is eternal, the Son is eternal, the Holy Spirit is eternal. So also Father, Son, Spirit created creation, providing salvation. Answer our prayers, lead us to eternity to be with trinity.

    1. Christine says:

      Well said!😁

  3. Leslie A. Costello says:

    I am an Evangelical Christian. I have read the explanation of the Holy Trinity but still do not understand it. Help.

  4. rosemary latham says:

    I attended church for a long while where I grew to love the people and pastor. I was very comfortable until I began to realize the pastor preached on Jesus all the time. I found out through talking with him and the members that they believe in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit but as One. I stopped going to church there and had a tough time of trying to understand. Can you help me?

    1. Reid says:

      I guess I can try. =D

      I’m not very knowledgeable about the Bible, having just really started my journey with the Lord recently, but perhaps I can offer some input. I like to think of it as this: There is one God, but He is composed of three Persons, and each Person is independent of the other, but they are all fully God. Like the commonly used illustration of water; it can be water, ice, or vapor, but they’re all water. I hope I helped, Rosemary. Have a wonderful day!

  5. Cesar says:

    God is so wonderful and loving. I am 67yrs old and 5yrs ago my wife gave me my 1st bible and I cannot stop reading it.

  6. patty Anderson says:

    Thank you for posting this regarding the Trinity. My 9-year-old grandson is having trouble understanding it so I needed to be able to explain it to him.

  7. Ronzo says:

    Thank you very much. My grandmother used to listen to your dad all the time when he was on TV.

  8. Casey prather says:

    My god! My god! Why have you forsaken me. Those words confuse me, if Christ was Lord God then who was he talking to? I do not doubt that Jesus is Lord but I’m trying to figure this one out.

  9. Maureen says:

    God in three persons: One God Father, Son and Holy Spirit – a team working as one and at the same time have different roles. Father God – I call him Papa-Mommy God, my strong tower, shelter to whom I pray to.
    Jesus – Savior, friend, lover of my soul, bridge to the Father. In his name I call to the Father. Through his blood I’m clean.
    Holy Spirit – Teacher, Counselor, Companion, purifies my heart. He secures my prayers and shields me.
    The Trinity is complex to explain. The best is to have an intimate relationship with God and He will reveal many mysteries that you can understand, but most of the time I find hard to explain.
    Water is a necessity – God the Father. It quenches thirst – Jesus. Cleanses the body – Spirit.