Who is God? Part 1
The Christian God is absolutely unique. So unique in fact that no human mind could ever have dreamt Him up. He’s unique in many ways, but primarily because He is a Trinity. You won’t find the word trinity in the Bible; it’s a word that theologians have used to describe what the Bible teaches. It says that God is One (Dt 6:4-5). It then affirms that there is God the Father (Mt 6:9), God the Son (Ro 9:5), and God the Holy Spirit (Ac 5:3-4) and they all work together like a team (2 Th 2:13-14). All of them are completely God, and they are distinct from one another, but they are one God (not three parts making up a bigger thing, or one God playing three roles at different times).
One analogy could be to look at the three-headed dog “Fluffy” from the first Harry Potter book. Fluffy was obviously one dog but within the dog there were three completely separate personalities.
This means that at the core of Christianity, unlike any other religion, lies a community, a God who is and always has been, in relationship. This is truly fantastic news! Because no other God could fundamentally be a God of love if that God was on his or her own. God, from eternity past, has lived in self-sacrificial, loving, serving relationships within the three persons of the Trinity.
This should cause us to (a) honour and worship the three members of the Trinity equally, seeking to learn about the Father, Son and Spirit and how we are to engage with each of them, and (b) it should give us great confidence in who God is. No human mind could or would have invented this idea, and the fact that we have a fundamentally relational God is great news as we get to live our lives getting to know Him personally.
Next week… Who is God? Part 2