Distinctions Unique to Christianity
by Pamela Christian
God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit… How can Christianity claim to believe in One God?
The God that Christian’s worship is revealed in Scripture as a trinity of distinct persons. This understanding about God, as revealed in the Christian Bible, is unique to Christianity, and woefully misunderstood by many people groups.
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that God is one person, the Father, with Jesus as a creation and the Holy Spirit a force or power. Mormon’s believe that the Trinity is an office held by three separate Gods. Others believe that God is one person who took three consecutive forms, i.e., the Father became the Son who became the Holy Spirit. But none of these views can be supported by Scripture.
Scripture makes it clear that God is One being with three distinct persons. Person is the correct way to consider the distinctions of the Godhead. A person is self-aware, speaks for himself and is distinct from other persons. Each person has unique qualities and abilities. The work of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are unique to each one, however, they are in absolute perfect harmony, consisting of one substance with the identical focus–meaning the same center of interest and activity. They are co-equal, co-powerful and co-eternal. They are three in One. An analogy is the three aspects of time: past, present and future. Each is an aspect of the one thing known as time.
An example of the distinction in function for each of the persons of the Godhead is found in Ephesians. The Father reveals who will be saved (Eph 1:4); the Son redeems them (Eph 1:7); and the Holy Spirit seals them, (Eph 1:13). Each person of the Godhead displays different power and abilities, yet they function in unity, as one because God is One…
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