The Trinity is a basic foundation of Christianity. But for a lot of people, it’s one of the most difficult things to understand. I’ve heard a number of explanations, including the one about how God is like water — the same thing in three different forms. But that’s not how I understand the Trinity at all.
The Trinity is not three separate persons. The simplest way to understand this is to look at yourself first. As God is a Trinity, so are each and every one of us. The Bible says that we were made in God’s Image, Likeness and Form — three things that when united form a trinity.
We have a MIND, and with it, God gives us the ability to use reason and logic; to divide Truth from Falsehood.
We have a HEART, or DESIRE, and with it, we choose to love or to hate.
And each of us has a BODY, a physical form where our MIND and our HEART dwell. A place for our thoughts and desires to manifest.
Image, Likeness, and Form. God is a trinity and so are we.
The Trinity of God is of course Father, Spirit, Son. Father: The Image (Mind) of God is Truth; Spirit: The Likeness of God (His Desire, His Heart) is Love; and Son: God’s Form (physical body) is Jesus. Jesus is Truth and Love in flesh, the Messiah = Jesus the Christ. Remember, Christ is not a last name, it means Messiah, which in the Old Testament was to be God Himself in flesh. Jesus is not a man, nor is He the offspring of God; He is nothing created, He is the Creator. Father Truth filled with and displaying His Spirit which is Love, made visible in God’s One and Only Form, the Son, Jesus.
There are some Christians that actually teach AGAINST the Trinity, saying that it’s Jesus and only Jesus, end of story. Well, Jesus is God, YES, but there’s more to it than that. “Just Jesus, no trinity” would be a form without a mind and a heart. And when you understand the Trinity as I’ve explained it, you can see that you need all three parts to make the whole. God IS a trinity. WE are a trinity. Your mind is not the same as your desire. Your form is not your mind. They’re all separate, yet they come together as one.
John 1:1 — “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”
John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only (the Only Begotten), who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Jesus is the immortal God taking off His immortality, clothing Himself with mortality, crucified, and risen immortal once again. God is Truth and Love made visible in flesh. Jesus.
He [Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
~ Colossians 1:15-23
Note: Today’s Trinity paintings are: Sandro Botticelli’s “Holy Trinity” (1491-1493); Lucas Cranach the Elder’s “The Trinity” (1515); Giovanni Pietro Rizzoli’s (Il Giampietrino) “Christ with the Symbol of the Trinity” (16th century); and Hendrick van Balen’s “Holy Trinity” (1620s).