The easiest way to understand the Trinity is to compare it to the American government. There is the executive branch, and there is the legislative branch, and there is the judicial branch, but ONE GOVERNMENT. So it is with the Trinity. There is the Person of the Ancient of days, the Person of the Son of man, and the Person of the Spirit of God, but ONE GOD. Certain scriptures make this relatively clear.
Genesis l:26 -
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
When God spoke of "us" he is referring to more than one Creator. If there was only one God the verse would read, "Let me make man in my own image".
Psalm 2:7-9 -
I will declare the decree: The Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Ask of me, and I shall give thee the nations for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
Here is the only reference to "the only begotten Son" in the Old Testament. God, here, is "playing" with mankind because we have no idea how this could happen.
Psalm ll0:l -
The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
Here, clearly, the Old Testament shows that there is more than one entity in the Godhead. "The Lord said unto my Lord", "I make thine enemies". GOD is talking to God - "I make your".
Matthew 28:l9 -
Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
We see the three parts of the Trinity. We do not understand this.
John 5:2l-23 -
For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and giveth them life, even so the Son giveth life to whom he will.
For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son;
That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father, who hath sent him.
Here we see the Ancient of days and Son of man working together as a team.
John l5:26 -
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, who proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.
Here we see the "Comforter", the Spirit of God, the "Father", the Ancient of days and "me", the Son of man.
Hebrews 9:l4 -
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
"The blood of Christ" speaks of the Son of man, "the eternal Spirit" is the Spirit of God, and "without spot to God" refers to the Ancient of days.
I Peter l:2 -
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God, the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
Here we see all three entities in operation - "foreknowledge of God,
the Father", "sanctification of the Spirit", "sprinkling of the blood of
Jesus Christ" - the
three in one.
I John 5:7 -
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.
The Word is Jesus Christ - "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us", "grace and truth came by Jesus Christ". So the Ancient of days, the Son of man, the Spirit of God in heaven - "these three are one" - the three in one.
In the American church world today the
"Father" is virtually ignored. That member of the Trinity doesn't get much
attention. People talk about
"Jesus", people talk about "the baptism of the Holy Spirit", but the
"Father" they pretend He doesn't exist. And it is wrong. The Bible sets
John 4:23 -
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
So not only does God the Father desire to be worshipped, He desires to be worshipped "in spirit and in truth". Unfortunately, today's worship songs reflect only the Son.
John 5:2l -
For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.
It's the FATHER who will bring those who are dead back to life. This member of the Godhead will bring those who have let God in their hearts into paradise.
John 6:37 -
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
The Father gives the Son people.
John 6:57 -
As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me (referring to communion), even he shall live by me.
First, the Father sent the Son - the Son does what the Father tells Him to do. The Son lives by the Father. We are to live by the Son, in other words, we are to relate to the Son the way the Son relates to the Father.
John l5:l6 -
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
Those who have requests are to go to the FATHER and ask. Don't you think it's time for the Father to get a little worship.
John l7:ll -
And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
The Father has the ability to "keep", i.e. to retain possession of, those who trust.
John l7:25 -
O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
The Father, the mysterious one, sent the Son. The Father is "boss" of the Son.
Romans l:7 -
To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father...
In nine other scriptures, I Corinthians l:3, 2 Corinthians l:2, Ephesians l:2, Philippians l:2, Colossians l:2, I Thessalonians l:l, 2 Thessalonians l:2, I Timothy l:2, and Philemon 3, this same greeting is given. Apparently, "God our Father" is very important.
Philippians 4:20 -
Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
The word "glory" means exalted honor, praise, or distinction accorded
by common consent. God the Father wants exalted honor, praise and distinction
accorded by common consent.
Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 -
And I behold till the thrones were placed, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him; a thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days (the Father), and they brought him near before him.
And there was given him (the Son) dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that
all people, nations, and languages should serve
him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.