A Case for the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – All One of Them
By Daniel Edward
The more I read and learn about religions outside of my own I am finding that many of the foundational principles among the world’s “major” religions are more similar than different. With regard to Christianity it could be said that the doctrine of the Trinity (The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit) is a major point of divergence when comparing Christianity to various other religions. I listen to as many podcasts as I can manage. I have listened to, and read quite a few debates about the concept of the Triune God. Here is the thing… I have yet to hear a compelling argument against the Triune God.
The Holy Trinity is comprised of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost). To be clear, Christians are not polytheistic. Christians believe that the three components of the Trinity comprise one God. Dr. William Lane Craig has the best analogy I have heard to date. Dr. Craig explains that the Holy Trinity is similar in concept to a triangle. A triangle is comprised of three angles – all of which combine to form the encompassing triangle. Similarly, God is comprised of three “parts”: the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit – all of which are God.
Another piece exists to the concept of the Holy Trinity that should be noted. Jesus (the Son) was both fully God and fully man. This is important, as without this component the doctrine of the Holy Trinity is not viable. My world view is as follows:
- God has made Himself known in three ways: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
- Jesus was both fully God and fully man
- Jesus said He was God
- God is one, and there is no other
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Phillip, the Ethiopian Eunuch, and the Holy Spirit
Acts 8:26-40 tells of the story of Phillip and the Ethiopian eunuch. In this scripture Phillip is first visited by an angel – a messenger of God. Acts 8:29 tells us Phillip also takes direction directly from God:
And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.”
The Spirit refers not to the angel, but to the Holy Spirit – a part of the Holy Trinity. God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit even today. I would describe the Holy Spirit, as I understand it, as communication from within a person. Have you ever felt moved to do something, but were unsure of why? Have you ever done something that was outside of your character, and something very good and positive resulted? This is the type of thing that the Holy Spirit would move us to do…
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