How Can God Be Three In One?

July 17, 2008

“…God sent forth His Son, born of a woman…that we might receive the adoption as sons. Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts…” – Galatians 4:4-6

How can God be three in one…Father, Son and Holy Spirit? This belief is central to Christianity.

Some argue that Christianity teaches belief in three Gods, or polytheism. Not true. Christianity, like Judaism and Islam, is rigidly monotheistic. Yet Judaism and Islam do not believe God is three in one. No other religion does.

I can try to explain by saying that I’m a father to my three sons–they know me one way. I’m a son of my parents–they know me another way. I’m the husband of my wife–she knows me another way. Three roles, but all the same person.

That may help, but it’s still inadequate. For how do we explain God the Son, praying to God the Father, as Jesus did? It is unexplainable to the human mind, because we are not God. The Trinity will always be a mystery that reflects the unfathomable greatness of God. Yet, when you believe, you begin to know the fullness of God.