I got a comment on one of my posts that got me thinking…how can you explain the Trinity in laymen’s terms? To the unbeliever, God, Jesus, and the Spirit, are seemingly not one being, and therefore do not exist. To the believer, having felt the presence of the Spirit, and thru Him given the knowledge of the Trinity, it is common sense. You can’t explain it, you just know.
The best I can do is give you an illustration of something you come in contact with daily, as an example. The molecule H2O comes in 3 forms, solid, liquid, and gas.. and yet, when you break them down, all three are still made from one molecule called H2O. You could think of it like this:
1. God is the gas, or particulate matter (the part that makes up the other 2). You can’t see it, yet it is all around you all the time. There are times when the gathering of the particle is so intense that you may see fog, or clouds. The same is true of God. When people who are suffering disease, or hard times put their trust and faith in God, He will work wonders in their lives to heal them, or get them back on track. By no other means would they have been healed than by a true appearance of the Father.
2. Jesus is the solid, or the particulate matter made into a solid, a human. He has been in existence since the Father, and with Him, but was made human to act as the new covenant between God and man. God had made many covenants with the Jews to try and keep them as a holy people, and forgive their sins. The Jews were not very good at keeping the covenants, and God needed a way to end the ‘old law’ to get people to Heaven without having to kill animals and such as sacrifices to repent of their sins (the blood of the animals was what ‘washed away’ their sins). God sent Jesus to earth, to be human, to act as an example to the Jews, and the rest of us (gentiles), to show what true holiness and perfection was. Jesus was fully God, and fully human. Being human, He grew as a child, and needed food, and water, and could be tempted by sin…however, being God, he did not fall prey to sin, and was able to perform miracles and even walk on water. At the end of His human life, he was put to death on the cross to become the ultimate covenant with humanity (thru the shedding of His pure and perfect blood). If you can believe that Jesus is who He is, and that He died as the sacrifice for your sins (all of them, past, present, and future), you will be saved… no more sacrifices. This doesn’t mean that you can go out and plunder, although you could.. but once you are saved you don’t want to do the things you once did.
3. The Spirit is the liquid, found only in certain places (or people). Liquid water can be seen, as with the Holy Spirit. A person walking with Christ is in fact filled with the Spirit, and it can be made evident to those around them by the change in that person’s demeanor, and kindness towards others. People that are filled with the Spirit are out for one purpose…spreading God’s Word, and the healing that comes from accepting Christ. Water can also be unseen (there is water under the ground you are standing on). The Spirit, too, is all around, and waiting for you to make that commitment to Christ before He makes His appearance. When you give your life to Christ, you are literally ‘washed’ with the Spirit… it flows over you, just like a rushing wave, and you can feel it. Alas, I cannot explain what I truly have felt, but just imagine standing under a waterfall that feels so good you might just pass out.
All three are of the same base.. just as water, ice, and steam are all H2O… God exists as the Father, the Son, and the Spirit, all God, but each serving it’s purpose. Just as H2O can be found in 3 forms and each is necessary to the existence of creation, so too, are tall 3 beings of God.
“14 Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels He helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For this reason He had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18 Because He himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.”