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The Doctrine of the Trinity

The doctrine of the Trinity is one of the central tenets of Christianity, yet there is something mysterious about the fact that God is three in one.  I believe Augustine gives us the best description of the Trinity.  He provides us with seven statements that explain this doctrine.

  1. The Father is God.
  2. The Son is God.
  3. The Holy Spirit is God.
  4. The Father is not the Son.
  5. The Son is not the Holy Spirit.
  6. The Holy Spirit is not the Father.
  7. There is only one God.

Each statement Augustine gives us is simple and easy to understand, but when viewed together we see there is something very complex about this common belief.  Some early Christian writers said that the “one” in Augustine’s seventh statement is beyond our mathematical one.  I think they were right.  Although we can understand each of Augustine’s statements there is something mysterious about them as a whole.  We cannot understand all there is to know about the Trinity, but neither can science, math, logic, etc.  God is above and beyond every earthly thing and there are some things about Him we can only accept by faith.  This should be a comfort to us.  When the economy is unstable or when scientists make a new discovery they don’t fully understand, we take comfort in knowing that we serve a God who is above all these things.  When people place their trust in earthly things their faith can easily be shaken, but when we trust in God our faith is anchored to One who is immovable.

“And when Jesus had been baptized, just as He came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to Him and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on Him.  And a voice from heaven said, This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”  Matt. 3:16-17


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