For centuries, humans have marveled at the idea of God being a separate yet one being. Although we can think of God as one being, there are three different “persons”, if you will, to God, yet they are the same. This is commonly known as the Trinity. This topic can be very confusing, and often times, we give up trying to figure it out. However, God is incomprehensible. We can cannot fathom the idea of God because we are mere humans and our minds can only comprehend the physical. However, the Bible gives us plenty of insight of who God is and we are going to study that material in-depth.
First, we must realize that there are different individuals to God. In Genesis 1:26, God said “Let us make man in our image”. Who is the “our” God is referring to? The Trinity. God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…”. Here, Paul makes the distinction between the Father and Christ. Moreover in 1 John 4:14, it says, “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.” The Father sent the Son, implying two different beings.
There is also a distinction between the Father and the Holy Spirit. John 14:26 says, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name.” Since the Father is sending the Holy Spirit, they are two different beings. Paul also makes the distinction between all of them in 2 Corinthians 13:14, “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” Clearly there are three different “persons” and we are going to discuss all three in-depth. Though they are different, they are the same. This is a hard concept to grasp so we are going to discuss them individually to grasp, as much as we can, the “persons” of God. Let’s start with God the Father.
Jesus makes the distinction that there is a Father. In Matthew 23:9, Christ says, “And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.” Clearly, Jesus is talking about another being, our Father in heaven. 1 Corinthians 8:6 tells us, “Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist,”. We exist for God the Father and we are all from Him. All things came from God the Father.
There are many examples we could look at that declare that the Father is separate and apart from the Son. However, many verses also say that God and Christ are one. How could this be? We will discuss this matter in part 2 of this series.