In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. ~~ Genesis 1:13
Most mainline denominations, both Catholic and Protestant, acknowledge a doctrine of the trinity of God. God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost).
The opening verses of the Bible contain that concept. Let’s look at it.
In the beginning, God…
There it is, God – the one and only – no modifiers as to which god – just God. He needs nothing but the name to identify him. But the word used here is Elohim which is a plural construction, equivalent to our word “gods”.
At the end of verse two we have:
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
The Spirit of God – the Holy Spirit – a second person of God, a second manifestation of God.
Then verse three:
And God said…
The Word of God – the Son of God – appears. How do we know this refers to the Son of God?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. ~~ John 1:1-3
These verses in John refer to Jesus, the person of God who limited himself to human form and function to be the redeemer of each of us in this world. The Word of God created our physical world; the Son of God interacted with mankind in the physical world.
The doctrine of the Holy Trinity is slightly difficult to wrap one’s mind around: one God, three persons.
Early on, when I tried to explain the doctrine to others, I used this crude analogy. I am one person, but I am my mother’s daughter, my husband’s wife, and my children’s mother. I function very differently in relationship to each of these people. In the same way, each of the Persons of the Trinity functions differently from the others.
God created us; Jesus redeemed us; the Holy Spirit indwells us.
God is our Father; Jesus is our Savior; the Holy Spirit is our Comforter, the Paraclete, the One Who Walks Beside.
God has us covered from all sides.
Help us to wrap our minds around all that You are. Give us the grace to believe what we cannot fully comprehend. Open our ears to the promptings of Your Holy Spirit and strengthen us for immediate and unquestioning obedience.
In Jesus’ most precious name,