God Is the Trinity
Adventure 4: The Trinity
What does it mean when God is called the "Trinity"?
'Trinity' is the word used to describe God as one God in three Persons, each of Whom is fully God. Jeremiah 10:6-7 – Inasmuch as there is none like You, O LORD (You are great, and Your name is great in might), who would not fear You, O King of the nations? For this is Your rightful due. For among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like You.
This Truth Makes
If we did not believe in the teaching of the Trinity, then we would not believe in God the way He has revealed Himself to us. Only God Himself fully comprehends Who He is, so we must accept His Word – no matter how mysterious or difficult it is to understand. If God is the One revealing Himself, it would be foolish to believe anyone or anything else!
If you were trying to discover things about some famous person, and you could either talk to someone who thinks they know about the famous person, or to the famous person himself – whom would you pick to ask? Would you go right to the source?
God is the Source of all truth, and He has told us Himself Who He is. It is important to believe in God how He says He is! Unless we believe rightly about God, we cannot be saved. (See John 17:3.)
Many times, people try to find illustrations (pictures, similar examples) to explain the Trinity. These illustrations can be helpful, but they all fall short somewhere. They either magnify God’s oneness over His threeness, or His threeness over His oneness.
There is nothing in nature that could fully explain the Trinity, because there is nothing in nature that is fully like the Trinity. God is alone in His awesome Being (His fundamental nature and essence). If there were something or someone exactly like God, He would not be the only true God!
Each Mission in this Adventure will share an analogy (illustration, or picture) that has been used to try to explain the Trinity. These analogies will be under the “Seeing It Clearly” heading. It is important to remember that, although illustrations can be helpful, they could never fully explain the Trinity! Do not try to figure out the teaching of the Trinity completely. If you think you have it all figured out, then you have got it wrong somewhere. Nobody except God Himself could fully understand or explain the Trinity.