We’re starting a new feature here on GUWG. Send your deepest, thorniest, most mind-boggling Bible questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my very best to answer ’em in 100 words or less.
Here’s our first question:
Could you explain the Trinity in a way that doesn’t make my head hurt?
The word “Trinity” isn’t in the Bible. It’s simply a way of explaining an almighty God to us not-so-large-brained humans.
There is only one God. But He exists eternally as three separate people: Father, Son and Spirit.
The Father starts the creation and redemption process. The Son redeems creation. The Spirit is our advisor here on earth and sanctifies believers.
So, in one sense God is one and in another He’s three. He’s one essence and three persons. The three are so close in relationship that they form a unified one.
How does this apply to us?
The Trinity is a beautiful picture of what relationships should look like. Over and over, the Bible urges us to live in love and unity “in” God. In fact, Christianity is basically one giant love-fest with love binding believers together in one body with the triune God as the head.