Pastor Thomas Smith   -  

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.”┬áII Corinthians 13:14

In considering the attributes of God, one has to think of the Trinity, or the unity of the Godhead. This is one of the great truths concerning our eternal God. He is indeed the one and only one God, yet He is manifested in three persons. Some people struggle with this Bible position because they cannot fully comprehend how God can at the same time be one God and also be a trinity. Whereas none of us may fully understand certain Bible doctrines; by faith, we believe and know them to be true because they are taught in the Scriptures.

This is a primary doctrine for a number of reasons. For one, this doctrine often separates true Christianity from false religions. Many cults deny the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. They do not recognize the biblical fact that Jesus is the eternal God. False religions sometimes deny the personality of the Holy Spirit, claiming that He is only an influence, but not as much God as God the Father and God the Son. If we do not understand Who God is and how He makes Himself known to us, how then are we to really know God?

God is one God, eternally co-existent in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This doctrine is taught in many places in the Scripture. “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” (I John 5:7). All three persons of the Trinity are eternal, having no beginning or end. According to the Bible, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were all present and active in the creation of the world. Jesus Christ is just as much God as the Father is God, and the Holy Spirit is just as much God as the Father and the Son are God.

When Jesus was born of a virgin, His name was also called Emmanuel, meaning “God with us.” Jesus said in John 14:9, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father,” and in John 10:30 He said, “I and my Father are one.” The Holy Spirit that dwells within every child of God is the literal presence of Almighty God in the life of the Christian. Jesus promised that through the Spirit, He would indwell our lives – never leaving us nor forsaking us. We honor and give praise to the one true Lord God Almighty, manifested in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To God be the glory.