The holy trinity
To a true believer, the doctrine of the Trinity is clear and easily perceived. For practical example: I can dress up as a Bishop. I can also dress up as a teacher in a classroom and as well, as a farmer working on the farm. It is the same Iheanyi-God as a bishop, as a teacher, and also as a farmer.
One God can be seen by man through God’s 3 different functions: as the Father, as the Son, and as the Holy Spirit, though one and the same one God.
However, man is limited. Conversely, God is unlimited and is everywhere. I, as a limited man, cannot take the three positions at the same time. But the unlimited God can take the three positions at the same time, as we see on Jesus’ baptismal day, in Luke 3:21-22.
This Trinity is a mystery plainly revealed to us by Jesus himself in different passages of the Bible, including as follows:
• John 14:8-10 – Father and Son are one: “Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.’ Jesus answered: ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the father. How can you say, ‘show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather it is the Father, living in me, he is doing his work.”
• Also in John 14:16, Jesus will pray the Father and He (the Father) will send the Holy Spirit, while in John 16:7b Jesus gives the Holy Spirit: “but if I go I will send him (Holy Spirit) to you.” By this time, Jesus has gone to the Father. He is now in the Father. See also John 15:26, “when the Counsellor comes, whom I will send to you from the father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the father, he will testify about me.”
• John 16:14-15 – “He (the Holy Spirit) will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.”
One who is not a believer will not understand the mystery in Trinitarian doctrine. Jesus, in the Gospel according to St John, has revealed this mystery to us, taking Christianity away from secret societies.
Thanks be to our great God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Amen!! Amen!!! As in Nehemiah 8:6, raising our hands to God Almighty and bowing down to worship Him.
(The Rt. Rev. Alfred Iheanyichukwu Sunday Nwaizuzu is the retired Bishop of Okigwe North Diocese)
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