The Essence of God, the Trinity
While we are able to identify certain attributes of God, clearly the magnitude of His perfection cannot be conceptualized by the human mind. These attributes, only known to us by the revelation He has provided, include that God is personal and relational (James 4:8), all powerful (Gen 18:14), spirit (John 4:24), eternal (Psalm 90:2), omnipresent (Jer 23:24) and unchanging in His perfection (Malachi 3:6). God (as is His Word) is alive (Heb 4:12), morally pure (Pro 30:5), righteous (Psalm 145:17), unlimited and constant (Job 36:22-24). God is unable to do anything outside of the attribute of perfection and moral purity, (such as anything contradictory or logically absurd), to fail in what He has promised, to do evil or to lie and to undo the past. These “inabilities” are not weaknesses but instead the ultimate strengths of perfection. God is unstained by the evil in the world. The opposite of anything impure, God is Holy (1 Peter 1:16).
Knowing God requires us to use our minds (Matt 22:34-40), and true relationship requires knowledge. There must be a grounds of communicable nature which implies an analogical relationship. God is also both immanent and transcendent and the two attributes are in an integral balance which while not easily understood, should be maintained and upholded. The difficulty to understand God in these ways is similar of grasping the idea of Jesus being fully God and fully human. Both the concepts of immanence and transcendence are fully supported scripturally, as seen especially in Isaiah 57:15. Any extreme push to either side could lead one to the notions of Pantheism or Deism, neither of which is supported in Christianity. Theism, alternatively, while supported in Christianity is only one aspect of the larger picture of what makes Christianity truly unique; which is the concept of the Trinity.
The Trinity is the basis of Christianity. While not ever mentioned by the term “Trinity” in the Bible, the concept is referenced thoroughly (Gen 1:26, 3:22, 11:7, Psalms 2:7, 40: 7-8, John 17). Responsible for creation, revelation, and resurrection, the Trinity is deeply impactful in our salvation and practical for our everyday walk. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are mutually indwelling, inseparable yet distinct (John 12:49), entirely unified in action and eternally equal in authority. The Trinity is the one perfect relationship in existence and the outward display of God’s social nature. A Trinitarian structure is absolutely critical as the basis for Christian belief and it would be impossible to begin to know God without the knowledge of the gift He has given us to know Him in Three distinct ways.
I acknowledge and affirm truth to the Nicene Creed:
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.