Who Is God? God Is Trinity (The Absolute Basics of The Christian Faith)

the absolute basics of the Christian

faith who is God the Trinity is one of

the most important theological ideas

ever that it gives people panic attacks

and they think about it so this chapter

will give you the building blocks you

need to understand what the Trinity is

it might matter so much that as three

persons who have existed for all

eternity are all equally powerful a wise

and good and I've always depended on

each other

there's the Father the Son and the

Spirit existing in perfect harmony is

one gut so how can this be how can you

have three things that exist perfectly

together as one well here's the thing if

you can understand a tiny bit about how

music works you can understand the

basics of the Trinity so find a piano

pick any white key put your thumb on it

then skip a white key and put your index

finger on the next one then skip one

more and put your middle finger on the

next white key now press down your thumb

index finger and middle finger and boom

there's a harmonic chord three distinct

sounds all existing in a perfect harmony

three things that are also one thing the

three nests and the one this worked

perfectly together this gives us a

picture rather sound of what God is like

there is one God with the one chord with

three persons like three notes all

existing perfect harmony forever

so unlike the chord which we just played

which came into being and ceased to

exist the three persons the Trinity have

always existed they've always existed in

the relationship the Father Son and Holy

Spirit the father has always been father

to the son can't be a father a son the

son has always been a son to the Father

and they've always been unified by the


what this means the most basic fact of

all reality is loving relationship for

there was a world there was a family the

family had the tribe God so when you get

down to the very bottom of things to the

root of all reality there's CS Lewis

makes this interesting point in their

Christianity he writes all sorts of

people are fond of repeating the

Christian statement that God is love but

they seem not to notice that the words

God is love have no real meaning unless

God contains at least two person whose

love is something that one person has

for another person if God was a single

person than before the world was made

Keywest mentally so the fact that God is

perfectly loving requires that God is

relational and the opposite is also true

the fact that God is relational requires

that God is perfectly loving here's why

if got his triune we know that God is

love because you can't have three people

existing for all eternity in harmonious

relationship if they aren't perfect

ability imagine existing for all

eternity with your brothers and sisters

or even your friends eventually you get

into some fights but the Father Son Holy

Spirit they don't fight we know that God

is love because God is a Trinity and we

know that God is a Trinity because God

is love so the Trinity is this perfect

loving relationship that's always

existed one God in three persons and

because the Trinity is one God the

person's work together in everything

they do in Matthew 28:19 Jesus says we

are baptized in the name of the Father

Son and Holy Spirit the entire Trinity

is at work in saving us so we must name

the whole Trinity as were made part of

Christ's body through baptism it's not

just baptism all throughout the story of

Jesus we see all three persons at work

two pattern here father is the source of

everything and he sends the son of the


the power of the spirit we see this in

Jesus's birth by the Holy Spirit the Son

of God is born into the world we see

this in Jesus's baptism the Sun carries

out the mission of the father in the

power of the Spirit and we see this in

Jesus's blessing his disciples when he

ascends when the Sun goes back to the

father sent the Spirit to empower us did

you detect the pattern here is again the

father is the source and goal of our

salvation Jesus is the way and the Holy

Spirit is the power get there imagine it

a bit like this the father is the one

who says let there be light and the Sun

goes and flips on the light switch and

the Spirit is the electricity the power

to label the father is the source the

son is the way and the Holy Spirit is

the power another way of thinking about

this is to imagine yourself kneeling and

praying the Lord's Prayer we're praying

the prayer the Jesus Thomas now imagine

Jesus is standing beside you until we

begin by praying our Father and

immediately we see that Jesus is helping

us to have right relationship to his

father now also imagine is the Holy

Spirit inside you who's giving you the

power to pray the prayer Jesus taught us

the son beside you the father above you

the spirit inside you all working to

give us a right relationship with God

all this might seem a bit mysterious and

complicated but the nice thing is that

once you start looking for the Trinity

you see it everywhere for instance the

very words the Apostles Creed are shaped

by the Trinity who begin with the father

source moved to the son the way and with

the spirit the spirits area of work

the church the father above you Jesus

Messiah the spirit inside you there you

go there's the Trinity