SIMPLE EXPLANATION OF HOW GOD IS ‘THREE in ONE’, YET ‘ONE’…

 

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GOD SOMETIMES DESCRIBED HIMSELF ANTHROPOMORPHICALLY TO HELP US RELATE TO HIM…

God is a Spirit…

John 4:24 (NKJV)

24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

 God is invisible…

1 John 4:12 (NKJV)

12 No one has seen God at any time.

God is not male or female…

Numbers 23:19 (NKJV)

19 “God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.

God does not have a face, hands, feet, arms, legs, a mouth, a heart or a brain…

God doesn’t breath…

He is a Spirit.

He’s 100% God.

The earth and universe cannot contain Him.

1 Kings 8:27 (NKJV)

27 “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built!

He does not need time…He is outside of time…He is eternal.

Jesus is THE image of and represents the invisible God bodily.

Colossians 1:15 (NKJV)

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

Colossians 2:9 (NKJV)

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;

He was there in the beginning. Elohim is a plural noun.

Genesis 1:26 (NKJV)

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;

He appeared several times before He took the form of the Son of God…Mary’s son.

Daniel 3:25 (NKJV)

25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”

He took on the form of sinful flesh, using a body as a male.

Romans 8:3 (NKJV)

For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,

 He is 100% God and was 100% man.

Philippians 2:6 (NKJV)

who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,

He and Yahweh (God) are ONE (Elohim).

Angels are Spiritual beings that minister to God and to saints.

Hebrews 1:14 (NKJV)

14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?

They occupy different celestial bodies, but can take human form.

Isaiah 6:2 (NKJV)

Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.

 They are neither male nor female…just like God.

When they take human form, they HAVE to use a male or female body.

Hebrews 13:2 (NKJV)

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels

Your spirit/soul/essence/consciousness, or however you want to say it, is invisible.

You can’t see it.

He places it in a male or female body.

Genesis 5:2 (NKJV)

He created them male and female, and blessed them and called them Mankind in the day they were created.

 We are placed within time, for now.

You are 100% spirit and 100% human, for now.

You can be a father or mother, son or daughter, brother or sister, manager or subordinate…all at the same time, yet be one person.

You as a father won’t relate to others in the same authority as you do as a brother, or a boss, or a coach, or a preacher. Each ‘person’ within you has a different authority, but you’re still one person.

Because we are 100% spirit and 100% human…

Aren’t we mind, body and spirit?

Because we have several authorities, or ‘persons’ within us, yet remain one person…

THEN…

It shouldn’t be so hard to understand that the authorities in ONE God can be ONE.

‘Trinity’ is just a word used to describe the essence of God.

He is not three God’s; He is one, just as we are person…

That’s what it means when He made us in His image. Not that we physically look like Him, but that we can have His essence. That we can communicate with Him. That we can feel as He feels, and LOVE as He loves.

God sometimes describes Himself to us anthropomorphically (ascribing human characteristics) for our benefit, to help us relate to Him…to help us understand Him.

The more we understand God, the easier it is for us love Him and help explain Him to others.

If this blesses you, please share it with someone else whom you feel it will bless.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

 

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  1. did Moses not see God; when he first went to the mountain, for the commandments?.. that was what turned his hair white?

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    1. Good question Patrice! The answer has to harmonize with the fact that no man has seen God, and the fact that God is invisible. Moses could see God’s GLORY in a cloud, or however He decided to manifest Himself. In fact, face to face actually means presence here. We must also remember that Moses wrote this book, and chose to describe God anthropomorphically (face to face, even though He’s invisible) so the readers and hearers could understand the intimate way God connected with Moses. I tried to keep this concise, does this make sense Patrice?

      Genesis 33:7-11
      7 Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of meeting. And it came to pass that everyone who sought the Lord went out to the tabernacle of meeting which was outside the camp. 8 So it was, whenever Moses went out to the tabernacle, that all the people rose, and each man stood at his tent door and watched Moses until he had gone into the tabernacle. 9 And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, that the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses. 10 All the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the tabernacle door, and all the people rose and worshiped, each man in his tent door. 11 So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend

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  2. I’ve come to believe that the Trinity is one of the Mysteries that simply defies any human explanation. Every analogy falls short. I don’t know that there’s any human concept that can fully capture what scripture teaches about our Triune God. I feel that the one you use here (that I also have used in the past) does as well…

    You can be a father or mother, son or daughter, brother or sister, manager or subordinate…all at the same time, yet be one person.

    You as a father won’t relate to others in the same authority as you do as a brother, or a boss, or a coach, or a preacher. Each ‘person’ within you has a different authority, but you’re still one person.

    And that last phrase is the problem here… we are truly one person. The fact that I am a son, a father, a husband, and an employee doesn’t entail different persons, but different ROLES fulfilled by one person–ME.

    God isn’t one God playing three roles (Father, Son, Spirit), but God is one God manifested in three persons (Father, Son, Spirit). The Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Spirit, and the Spirit is not the Father. Yet Father, Son, and Spirit are ALL God.

    If this isn’t the case, then love cannot be essential to God’s nature… but is a contingent attribute. This is not what scripture teaches. It says that God IS love. God is the very personification of love. A unitarian concept of God requires that God wait until He creates an object of love in order to manifest love. The trinitarian view allows for eternal love between the three persons of the Godhead.

    I believe the same can be said of morality. A unitarian God would simply have to come up with arbitrary rules about how to treat others. This opens the door to the Euthyphro dilemma–morality is arbitrary, and rape might have been acceptable had God decreed differently. However, a God manifested as three persons essentially defines morality in how each Person in the Godhead relates to the other two.

    To get a more-than-a-little picky, you said, “Jesus is THE image of and represents the invisible God bodily.”

    This can be a bit misleading, although you make your meaning perfectly clear later on… Jesus is not just the Image of God, or God’s representative (as some like to say), He IS God. As you say later, “100% God, and 100% man”.

    Keep on writing, my friend! I’m thoroughly enjoying your posts!

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    1. I agree with you Terry, we are unable to fully comprehend or explain our Triune God. My hope is that each of my posts provoke thought and conversation that leads to insight from other believers such as yourself. You made some great points. My hope with this post was to at least get some of those who reject the idea to open their minds. Thanks for the encouragement, and please continue to share what God places in your heart too. I enjoy reading your blog as well. Thanks so much for responding! God bless!

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