The Incomprehendable Trinity

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Watering the Tulips

09/14/2011

“I and My Father are one” - John 10:30

The Trinity is without doubt one of the deepest subjects in the entire Bible. In this life and the next we will never be able to fully comprehend God. Don’t misunderstand – we will surely know more in the life to come than we know now. Our minds will be free of the effects of sin. However, to comprehend God, you must be God and we will never be a god, despite the teaching of some. We will always be servants of the True and Living God.
The verse before us is simple in one way. Jesus is God. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”. Just as plainly as our text verse, this verse explains that Jesus (the Word) is God. However, the water of our mind gets somewhat muddy when the previous phrase says, “the Word was with God”. This is where our comprehension gets difficult. Jesus is the Creator (John 1:2). He is God. In Isaiah 9:6, He is called the “Everlasting Father”. Yet, we know the Bible repeatedly tells us that He is the Son of God. There is simply no way for the human mind to wrap itself around all of these things at once.
Jesus is “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). He said Himself, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). And yet, when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, we see each person in the Trinity separately. The Father spoke from Heaven, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). The Spirit descended on Him like a dove (Matthew 3:16). How can a finite mind even begin to understand all of these things? It cannot. Only the infinite mind of God can comprehend Who He is!
In John 14:28, Jesus said, “…My Father is greater than I”. In John 6:38 He said, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me”. And then, our text verse says, “I and My Father are one”. John 14:10-11 says, “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.” We simply are unable to reconcile all of these verses in our minds because we do not have a mind like God. He is simply too great for us to comprehend.
You may be thinking that you know less about the Trinity than you did before reading his article. Perhaps you are thinking you had it worked out better before this short treatise than you do now. Praise the Lord! You have learned something. The more we learn, the more we realize that we cannot grasp God! The Lord never demands that we understand everything in the Bible, though. He only requires us to believe it! The Trinity is a subject that I cannot understand. But, I do believe it.

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