“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)
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—the concept of the Trinity. We have had these words implanted in our vocabulary through years of usage within the worship service. We’ve heard them so often that we probably don’t even think about it. Yet the Trinity does seem like a riddle or mystery because we probably don’t totally understand it. If you do some research on the Trinity, you may be surprised to learn that the term is not found anywhere in the Bible even though there are numerous scriptures that show that God is one, in Trinity. The Bible speaks of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, each fully, completely God, but emphasizes that there is only one God, in three “persons.”
It is generally acknowledged that the church father, Tertullian (ca. A.D. 145-220) either coined the term or was the first to use it with reference to God. Although the stages of its development can be seen in the New Testament, the explicit doctrine was developed in the postbiblical period. It was the result of everyday Christians reaching consensus on how to put into words what they had shared in their daily living.
We may not completely understand this concept, but what blessed assurance and comfort to know that God loves us so much that God shows God’s self to us in three different ways! God created us to be in relationship with each other, loving and serving one another. Jesus loved us so much, he gave his life for us. As the risen Christ, he promised to be with us always through the Holy Spirit. With LOVE like that, how can we not love and serve God and our neighbors with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind?
- Rev. Andrea Titcomb