I’ve always had problems understanding the concept of the Trinity. From the people I’ve talked to, it seems to me that I’m not the only one. One God, but three parts? Doesn’t make sense at first, and even after it does, it’s hard to figure out the division between the three. (Perhaps there is no real division, but if that’s the case, why do we try to do it anyway?)
So anyway, my wife and I were having a conversation the other night, and we came upon the topic of the Trinity. We both expressed, in our own ways, our complete lack of understanding for it. Then my wife said something that made me think: “…we worship, and from that we get belief and understanding…” It all clicked into place for me after that:
The Father = Worship
The Son = Understanding
The Holy Spirit = Faith/Belief
(I actually originally flipped belief and understanding, but after a moment’s thought, realized my error.)
Let me try to explain, though I am no theologian:
But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. — John 4:23
From the first days after God created Adam, man has been taught to worship and respect the Lord. In the Old Testament, the Son and the Holy Ghost are only alluded to. The stories speak of obedience (and the consequences of disobedience), and to a lesser extent, love of God. The people in these stories are in many cases shown to have great difficulty with both of these factors, so worship is the way that they were able to keep their spirits on track, or get them back to where they were meant to be.
Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. — Luke 24:45–47
A preacher once said in one of his sermons: “The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.” These words still resonate within me, and as I explore my relationship with God, Jesus, and the Bible, I have been coming to understand the meaning of these words. The passage from Luke 24, above, is the biblical version of this statement, I believe. Through Jesus, we have been given the capability to truly understand God’s awesome power.
The Holy Spirit
For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to the another the affecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works in all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills. — 1 Corinthians 12:8–11
The Holy Spirit embodies all of the goodness in the Lord. He does not expect worship, nor understanding. He merely facilitates those things that help a believer continue to believe, and guide a non-believer to the righteous path. After all, it was the Holy Spirit that came to Mary to bring Jesus into our world, saving us all. The “impossible” act of impregnating a virgin woman is the first of many (that I could find) of the wondrous things the Holy Spirit can do for us. How can we not believe? Each of us have been given gifts from the Holy Spirit, if we have been open to them. I, personally, am only beginning to realize what was given to me.
What do you think on these matters? I would love to hear your comments.
Have a blessed day!