Basics of the Trinity
The basics of the Trinity are not easy for some people to understand. This article provides a brief explanation, of the basics of the Trinity. For more articles, and to go beyond the basics of the Trinity, visit the Trinity Category in the Doctrines of Faith blog articles. To view the beliefs of Doctrines of Faith, visit the page for Our Beliefs.
The Trinity is the understanding that Yahweh, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are three different persons of the same Being, called God. There is One God, Who consists of three Divine persons.
Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
The word Trinity is not found in the bible. It is a theological understanding adopted by Christianity which recognizes God as Divine Almighty Sovereign Lord, who appeared on earth in the form of man, namely Jesus.
The Trinity is a complex understanding, and while many subscribe to a particular church which believes in the Holy Trinity, many churchgoers are often confused by, and cannot articulate a full understanding of the Trinity and what it really means. There are even people who claim to be of Trinitarian beliefs, yet cannot say, and will not say that Jesus Christ is equal to God.
Simply stated: Trinitarians believe:
There is one God.
The Father is God.
The Son is God.
The Holy Spirit is God.
The Father is not the Son.
The Father is not the Holy Spirit.
The Son is not the Holy Spirit.
The Trinity is not the belief in 3 gods. God has 3 different forms, or persons, each acting for a specific Divine purpose: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Scripture for reflection:
2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Some basic religions that believe in the Trinity theology:
Some basic religions that don’t believe in the Trinity theology:
How to find out exactly what a church believes:
Trinitarian religions usually refer to their Trinitarian beliefs in their articles of faith. Usually, a church’s articles of faith can be found on their website, or can be provided to you upon request. Before attending a church, one should carefully review these articles of faith, in order to get a bigger picture of the theology and doctrines that that particular church subscribes to. It is advised that you call the pastor or minister of a church if you’re not obtaining a full and clear view of the articles of faith of a particular church or denomination.
You can review a more detailed explanation which may assist in your understanding of the Trinity here: The Explanation of the Trinity
Need scripture references? See Trinity Scriptures article here.