Q. First of all thank you so much for your website, I read it daily. In fact I used your explanation of the 7 miracles of Christ’s in John in a small Christmas celebration with my children. We lite one candle a night for 7 nights. Each candle represented 1 miracle. So at the end of the 7 nights, we had 7 candles burning and my children and I had gone over each of the 7 miracles. We had the opportunity to review Christ’s purpose for coming as we celebrated His birth.
My problem in understanding the trinity really comes because Christ is characterized as a separate being many times in the Bible. When He manifested Himself to Moses, and when He sits at the right hand of the Father being just two situations. Are the father and son (and holy spirit) only one in purpose or are they one in species, or are they in fact only one in being.
A. While the Bible never explains exactly how it works, The notion of one God in three persons, Father, Son, And Holy Spirit is central to Christian belief. Nowhere in the Bible is this explained in a way that brings understanding to our human minds with their inherent limitations.
They are not just one in purpose or in species, but are one in being. Especially where Jesus is concerned, there is great emphasis on the fact that Father and Son are one, with Jesus being the visible image of the invisible God, as Paul put it in Colossians 1:15. Hebrews 1:8-9 has God calling Jesus God. John 1:1-2 agrees, and Jesus Himself said so in John 10:30.