US, We Three

Then God said, “Let US make man in Our image, according to Our likeness….” (Genesis 1:26, Emp. JDS).

The debate about the person of God will never cease in part because many would prefer to ignore both Scripture and their implications. Take, for example, His triune nature. Many would correctly contend that God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 12:29) but erroneously infer that this “oneness” is exclusive of three entities. Consider the following texts.

In Matthew 3:16, Jesus was coming up out of the water (Son), and the Spirit of God descended like a dove (Spirit) and a voice came from Heaven (Father). To assert that God cannot be three in one is to deny that Jesus and the Spirit are Divine. In Matthew 28:19, the disciples of Christ are told to baptize “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” If these are one in the same, Scripture is redundant. At Christ’s beginnings on earth, Luke 1:35 clearly distinguishes the three personalities of the one God in predicting the birth of Christ: the “Holy Spirit” (Spirit) would “come upon” Mary, by the power of “the Highest” (Father) to produce “that Holy One” called “the Son of God” (Son). In Christ’s departure, John 14:26 leaves the disciples with comfort from “the Helper, the Holy Spirit,” “whom the Father” would send, “in my (Jesus’) name” to bring to remembrance everything that Jesus said while on earth.

Unless one is willing to accuse God of being afflicted with Multiple Personality Disorder and a touch of Schizophrenia, the concept of three distinct personalities, all possessing the characteristics of the One God, is the only reasonable conclusion one must draw from Scripture.