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Question: I am a Christian, love the Lord with all my heart, but I have always wondered this and as I witness sometimes on the web chat rooms, I find this hard to tell others. God said he was invisible. Yet Moses asked to see him, and God said no one could see Him and live. He let Moses see his back. Then if Jesus is the word which I know he is, and the Holy Spirit is the breath of God, and they are all one, how do you explain to someone who God really is? It is so hard to explain the Trinity. I know they are real because God has done so much in my life. I am not saying God is not real. I just have a hard time explaining it to someone else about God, and who he actually is, and the Trinity. Can you help me?
Answer: One could easily write a whole book on this subject of the Trinity. But here goes:
The doctrine of the Trinity is not understandable to the human mind. It is something that we take by faith. Experience proves its reality to us. The baptismal formula shows the equality of the Persons, as we are commanded to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matt 28:19). In the benediction, the apostle Paul writes, "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all" (1 Cor. 13:14). This, as well as 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, Ephesians 4:4-6, shows that all three Persons of the Godhead are involved in the work of our salvation.
Some try to use analogy to make it understandable, such as the egg, with shell, yoke and white, yet one egg. Others use the equilateral triangle, with each corner representing one member of the Godhead, yet there is but one triangle.
In actual practice, we have Jesus' words to His disciples, "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever" (John 14:16). That is, the Father sent the Son to make atonement for our sins, and the Son and the Father sent the Holy Spirit to abide with the church, and to empower the believer to witness effectively, and to live a holy life (Acts 1:8, Romans 8:9-16).
I hope that you attend regularly at some Bible believing church, and that you place yourself under the care of a godly pastor. It is not necessary to try to explain the deeper things of God to an unbeliever. We all have an inborn realization that there is a God (Romans 1:19-20).
God is invisible from a natural standpoint, but when we get to glory, we shall see His face (Rev. 22:4). People cannot now see God, because of sin. When sin is completely removed from us, we will be able to see Him.
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