I love the doctrines of the Trinity because, as CS Lewis said, the idea of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit existing as Three-in-One essentially proves that Christianity is the one true religion.
CS Lewis points out that the mind of man could not come up with such an idea about God. All other gods are man-made, except the One Triune God revealed in the Bible. Many authors of the different books of the Bible, spanning over a thousand years remain consistent in this revelation!
That is amazing!
The Three Persons of God are all over the Bible, and once the believer understands this through the illumination of the Holy Spirit, he will understand how God relates to humans in His redemptive plan.
The relationship within the Godhead is such that the Father shares His glory with the Son.
“And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.” John 17:5
Before the foundations of the world were laid down, the Son and the Father shared a perfect glory which we do not understand at this time.
But wait… How is that possible?
The famous verse from Isaiah 42:8 says:
“I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other…”
The only explanation is that the Father and Son are One. That is, They are One Being, yet distinct. This glory between the Father and Son is reciprocal:
“glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You.” John 17:1
This is the only way possible that the entire host of Heaven is able to rightfully worship Jesus the Lamb in Revelation 5, as only God Himself is the One able to receive worship.
The Holy Spirit also attests to the divinity of Jesus because the Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus.
“He [the Holy Spirit] will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” John 16:14
We see that the Holy Spirit shares in the Son’s divine attributes (“what is mine“) and at the same time He glorifies the Son.
Why is it important that 21st century Christians understand these crucial biblical teachings?
It comes down to the plan of redemption. We must understand how we are being saved, how the Persons of the Trinity each has a specific role in our redemption.
The Father did not die for us, but the Son did (John 3:16). The Father’s wrath and justice had to be satisfied (in the substitution made on the cross), not the Son’s. The Holy Spirit is the One who convinces us of our need for Jesus (John 16:7-10), and the Spirit is the One at work in our regeneration and sanctification (John 3:5, 1 Peter 1:2). The Father is the One who draws us to believe in the Son (John 6:44).
And the list of complementarian roles of the Godhead for redemption continues…
But it all comes down to the glory of God. The Father glorifies the Son. The Spirit glorifies the Son.
Should not we, the redeemed, glorify Jesus every second of our lives?!
Thank you Chris! The post is very helpful, many people are confused, specially these days. This post is gold for those people!
Great explanation of the Trinity! It is probably one of the most distorted doctrines of Christianity. I’m glad you included Scripture references to support that each person of the Trinity has distinct roles. Some are not aware of this, even Christians … I’ve heard people pray (perhaps not realizing it) “Father, thank you for dying for my sins.” We need to be diligent students of the Word … there is much for us to learn about our God, and He has revealed so much of Himself to us in His word.
Wow… That is why we must know some basic theology as Christians… Otherwise we are prone to fall into false teaching. There are people out there who believe that the Holy Spirit is not divine… That He is a mere power. Indeed we need to be students of the Word. Thx so much!
Please add my thanks as well for this post. It is an inspiring post with a great explanation for us all. It predates the song about it being a Roman Catholic doctrine. With the Holy Spirits help we come to much enlightenment.