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God’s Word Teaches Three Persons in One God
Adventure 4: The Trinity
Mission: 5

Question Answer
Who are the three Persons of the Trinity?

The three eternal, distinct Persons of the Trinity are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19 – "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

The Difference This Truth Makes
Although there are three Persons in the Trinity, They are not different in essence (in fundamental nature), for They are all God.

The differences between the Three are in how They relate to each other, and how They relate to Creation. In a general sense, the roles of the Members can be seen like this:

• The Father could be seen as the One Who commands, directs, and sends.

• The Son obeys the Father, goes forth, and reveals Who God is.

• The Holy Spirit teaches, comforts, and convinces people of the truth.

The fact that the Son obeys the wishes of the Father does not make Christ inferior to (less than) the Father. Also, even though Christ is called the “Son,” that name does not mean that He was created like we are created. The Jews of old understood that the One Who proclaimed He was the Son of God made Himself equal with God. John 5:18 – Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.

Someone might ask, “Are the three Persons of the Trinity just three different ways of looking at the same God?” No. They are all eternally and fully God. From the very first book of the Bible, we see a glimpse of the “three-ness” of God: Genesis 1:26a – Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.



 

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