Understanding the Holy Spirit is critical to our relationship with God. What we don’t understand we will ignore or fear. Yet the Bible is filled with references to the Holy Spirit. Fellowship with the Spirit is the difference between just getting by or living an abundant life.
I want to share with you a few scriptures that talk about the Trinity. Although the word, “Trinity” is not found in the Bible, the concept is visible from Old to New Testament.
In the first book of the Bible, we are introduced to the Trinity.
“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” Genesis 1:26
As God speaks, He uses the plural pronoun “us” and “our.” This communicates how there is someone present with Him. The context for “us” and “our” refers to those responsible for creation.
Could God be talking to Angels?
There is no scriptural support that Angels participated in the creation process or that we were made in their image. So who was God speaking too?
“1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” John 1:1-3
John introduces us to Jesus and explains how He was with God in the beginning and that He is God. We are also told how all things were made through him. When we compare John 1 to the use of “us and our” in Genesis 1 we can deduce that Jesus was present at creation.
Was God only speaking to Jesus or was there possibly someone else present?
“1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. …2And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2
So we know God is present and Jesus was in the beginning with God and Genesis 1:2 places the Holy Spirit present during the creation process. The two of these statements establishes God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit together, actively engaged in creation and additionally defines the “us/our” pronoun.
Furthermore, in Genesis 1:26, the name “God” is translated from the Hebrew word, “Elohim.” The name “Elohim” in Hebrew is plural referring to more than two. When you combine this with the other scriptures mentioned, it supports a Trinitarian view of God.
In Isaiah 48, the prophet delivers a message from God to the people and within his statement gives us an insight into God’s nature.
“Draw near to me, hear this: from the beginning I have not spoken in secret, from the time it came to be I have been there.” And now the Lord God has sent me, and his Spirit.” Isaiah 48:16
Here, the Son is speaking while referring to the Father and the Holy Spirit.
During Jesus’ baptism, we again see the three converging on the same scene.
“16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17
As Jesus is baptized, the Holy Spirit descends on Him like a dove and God’s voice declares Jesus’ messianic title, indicating He is God.
What can make the concept of the Trinity a challenge to grasp is that in our natural minds we perceive God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as three individual persons. But God is one in three persons.
Every possible illustration has its limitations and deficiency in describing the Trinity. With that said, I believe God has demonstrated His three in one concept to us by making us with a body, soul, and spirit. We are one person in three parts.
It is not unreasonable to believe that there are things about God that may appear irrational to us considering He is God and His thoughts are not our thoughts. God the Father, God the Son and God Holy Spirit are one God, in three persons.