As the Father made our relationship with him dependent on our relationship with the Son, so the Son has made our relationship with him, dependent on our relationship with the Holy Spirit. As the Father shared his glory with the Son, the Son shares his glory with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit being the educator, points the way to Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ being the Savior, points the way to God the Father.

1 John 5:7---For there are three that bear record in heaven, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, and these three are one.


Question: What is the Trinity ?

Answer: There is one true living God, who is the creator, redeemer, sustainer and ruler of all things. He is infinite, eternal, unchangeable, all powerful and all knowing, and he is revealed to us as The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. Thus, each person of the Godhead is fully God. We can distinguish between the three, but we cannot separate them. As distinct persons, each functions in his own unique manner.

THE FATHER---The Originator. He is our Heavenly Father and he is Jehovah God. He has made our relationship to him dependent on our relationship to his Son, in fact it was God The Father who sent God The Son down to earth.
Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.
John 6:38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.

THE SON---The agent. The Savior. He was God who stepped out of heaven and thereby gave up all his power and glory that he had in heaven. He then took the body of a mortal man and allowed himself to suffer and be killed so that each one of us has the chance of obtaining eternal life.
Philippians 2:7 "Of his own free will he gave up all he had, and took the nature of a slave. He became like a human being and appeared in human likeness".

His sacrifice on the cross allowed your sins to be forgiven, and his death was the gift that he gave to you which allowed you to attain righteousness in the eyes of God the Father.

John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Verses like this, tell us that it is Jesus who is the spokesperson for the God family. It was the Son of God who actually stepped out of heaven and took human form so that he could teach, inspire, guide, and direct. His purpose was not only to die for us, but also to educate every one of us in what his Father wanted us all to do in leading a life that is Godly and pleasing to the Father.

These purposes for God coming to earth in the form of the man Jesus Christ is very beautifully stated in Hebrews 2:17 "Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people."

THE HOLY SPIRIT---The Helper, educator and the applicator. He is the one who brings new life to those who are spiritually dead. When you sin it is the Holy Spirit who convicts your heart and your mind of your wrong doing. He is the one who baptizes all believers into the one true church of Jesus Christ. At the very moment that a person becomes saved, the Holy Spirit indwells permanently with in them so that their salvation is assured. The Holy Spirit also seals them unto the day of final redemption, bestows spiritual gifts upon them, and fills those who are yielding to him with the grace of God.

It is the Holy Spirit who teaches us, guides us, and instructs us so that we are soon filled with inner peace and joy. It is the guidance of the Holy Spirit who is going to change your character, your conduct, your personalty, yes your entire life. It is this Holy Spirit that is going to make the poor rich, the weak strong, and the lowly exalted. Who else would God the Father entrust with such an important a task as teaching and guiding believers down through the ages. This mission could only be delegated to one of the persons of the Godhead. And so as Jesus is called the Son of God, the Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of God.

Each lives with the other two in an, I-You, relationship. Each person of the Trinity is self-conscious and self-directing. Yet one person never acts independently of the others or in opposition to the others. The mind, will, and emotions of each person of the Trinity is in perfect unity with the mind, will, and emotions of the other two.

As the Father made our relationship with him dependent on our relationship with the Son, so the Son has made our relationship with him, dependent on our relationship with the Holy Spirit. As the Father shared his glory with the Son, the Son shares his glory with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit being the educator, points the way to Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ being the Savior, points the way to God the Father.

God The Father is not the Savior of mankind. However God the Father did allow his only Son to come into this world and to suffer and die on the Cross at Calvary. God The Son was the one chosen by the three to take human form and to be sacrificed, thereby allowing mankind the opportunity to have eternal life. God The Son in the form of Jesus Christ became the Savior of mankind.

The importance of Jesus Christ
Jesus is the linchpin to eternal salvation. Without belief in Jesus Christ being the Son of God there can be no salvation. Belief in Jesus Christ is why you can call yourself a Christian. Your entire eternal life centers on this fact. For in order to acquire salvation you must in your own heart truly believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he came to earth to die on the cross at calvary, that the blood that he shed on the cross allowed you to have your sins forgiven, and through his glorious Resurrection he made it possible for you to overcome death and obtain eternal life. You must repent your sins and you must also ask God to forgive you of those sins.

These are the things that you must do in order to obtain eternal salvation and they all happen to center around the Son of God. If you don't accept Jesus Christ as the one true path to salvation, then eternal life will never be yours.

Read carefully the following verses to see just how important Jesus Christ is to your eternal life.

John 3:16--- "For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life."

John 5:24--- "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

John 6:40--- "And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day."

John 10:27-28--- My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.

Hebrews 7:25--- Hence, also, He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him.

The Holy Spirit is the great luminary and magnifier of Jesus Christ and has taken the humble position of pointing a person to Christ. Jesus Christ in turn points the way to God The Father.

The Holy Spirit is the one who opens the hearts and the minds of men. The Holy Spirit is the one who educates and instructs a person in how to lead a life which is pleasing to God The Father. It is The Holy Spirit who tells the world about Jesus Christ, and he is also the one who convicts a person when that person sins. And it is The Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ who guides us to God The Father.

At times it is difficult to tell whether the Bible is speaking of the Father or the Son or the Holy Spirit. Christians gladly accept the definition of Moses in Deuteronomy 6:4; "The Lord our God is one Lord." We cannot explain these mysteries and we never will in this lifetime. It is impossible to explain the Trinity because the human mind cannot even comprehend it, but we can think of some comparisons. A ship's rope gathers its strength from three strands bound tightly together to form but one rope. A flower may have three petals, yet they all unite into one plant.

In the Trinitarian view of God there isn't three Gods, but one God in three persons. For example let us assume there is a business firm with three officers---the chairman of the board, the chief operating officer, and the president of the firm. There are not three firms, just one firm, with one bank account, one charter, one advertising program, one building housing the firm, etc. Each officer however, is an executive, separate from the other two. Those who call on the firm may see any one of the three persons, or all three, since all three are working in unity and harmony for the overall good of the firm. When we get to heaven we can expect to see three distinct personages.

The Christian name for God is, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. Notice that the very last words that Jesus spoke before rising up to heaven were instructions to the apostles to go out and baptize the world, and to do this in the NAME of the three persons making up one God. Matthew 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit:"

Do you remember the very last words that Jesus spoke while dying on the cross. He was not talking to himself, but he was speaking to another person. He was talking to his Father.
Luke 23:46 "And then Jesus cried out with a loud voice, He said, "Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit. Having said this, He breathed his last."

Remember also what Jesus told the apostles right before he ascended into heaven. He was telling them about another person who was coming to them; to help them, to guide them, and to teach them. Look at the following two verses and see how Jesus is talking not about himself, but about another completely different person.
John 14:26----But the Helper, The Holy Spirit, which the Father will send in my name,. that one will teach you all things and bring back to your minds all the things that I have told you.

John 16:12-14----I have many things yet to say to you, but you are not able to bear them at present, However, when that one arrives, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak of his own impulse, but what things he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things coming. That one will glorify me, because he will receive from what is mine and will declare it to you.

So our God is not some kind of three headed God. It is somehow one God, being made up of three separate, and distinct persons, and we will just have to maintain our faith and wait till we enter heaven for a complete and thorough explanation. In the meantime we will just have to keep the following verse in mind.
Deuteronomy 29:29 "The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law."

It is also interesting to note that the book of Acts tells us that if we lie or try to deceive the Holy Spirit, then what we are doing is lying and trying to deceive God himself. In verse 3 of Acts 5, Peter is asking why the person has lied to the Holy Spirit.
Acts 5:3 But Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back some of the price of the land".
And in the very next verse Peter is telling Ananias that by lying to the Holy Spirit he has in fact lied to God himself.
Acts 5:4 "While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men, but to God."

1 John 5:7---For there are three that bear record in heaven, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, and these three are one.


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