Guy Harrison’s objection of the nature of the Trinity is based on a misunderstanding.
He writes, ‘God is Jesus and Jesus is God. How can we say that God sent His Son and sacrificed Him for us when they are the same being? 1 These words show that Guy’s theology about the Trinity is deficient.
The following 2 principles explain the true nature of the Trinity according to the Bible (as recognised by reputable theologians):
#Principle 1. God is one in essence, three in Person. That means God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are three distinct Persons. Yet they all share in the God attributes. The Trinity can be compared to a family of a father, mother and son. One doesn’t find it often, but there are families where the father, mother and son function as one. They have the same purpose, the same interests and the same loyalty. Yet they are three distinct persons with distinct functions. That gives one an idea of what the Trinity is like.
- God the Father is in heaven. He is the head of the Trinity. He planned the Kingdom (the eternal King, people and country). That is why Jesus said that the Father is greater than He.
- Jesus is the Son, looking for a Bride. He made the Kingdom possible. He finished his assignment on earth and sits at the right hand of His Father in His resurrected body.
- The Holy Spirit fulfils the functions of the mother: birthing, caring, comforting, helping, guiding, teaching, et cetera. After Jesus went back to His Father, the Holy Spirit was sent to earth. He indwells believers and prepares and trains them for the coming eternal Kingdom.
The following verse is an example of the Trinity as three distinct persons with different functions: ‘To God’s elect, strangers in the world, …who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by His blood.’ 2
#Principle 2. Jesus is one in Person, 2 in nature. He is both God and Man (the Son of God and the Son of man). If people object to that, ask them how the DNA can be both material (the carbohydrate phosphate backbone) and immaterial (the information in the nucleotides)? Why is Jesus one in person, two in nature? He had to be the innocent Lamb of God to die in the place of His Bride. Only God is innocent, thus God the Son became a human being (the Son of Man) to die for human beings only. The angels who rebelled are not included since they saw God and yet rebelled. We have not seen God physically, so we are given a chance of salvation, while they are not pardoned.
If people object that the doctrine of the Trinity and of the twofold nature of Jesus doesn’t make sense, ask them how logical it is that first life evolved from non-living elements? There is no evidence for it and yet they believe it. What we do know, however, is that it cannot be too difficult for God who created the miracle of life, to be Three that function as One, and to be fully man and fully God like Jesus.
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- 1 Peter 1:1-2