Holy Trinity

 

Why is the Holy Trinity significant to our faith? What does the scripture say? Let us turn to John’s Gospel:

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.   (John 14:15-17)

Note that the Advocate is from God the Father. His ministry has a specific purpose:

“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.   (John 14:18-24)

Though Jesus tells his disciples that they will soon not set him, they will still have his presence within them. This is accomplished by the Advocate or Holy Spirit.

“I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.   (John 14:25-26)

The Holy Spirit is our teacher. He makes the scriptures come alive to us. He will always point back to Jesus:

“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf.   (John 15:26)

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.   (John 16:26)

Notice that what the Holy Spirit teaches us is from God the Father. Notice also that all that Jesus has comes from the Father. God is not divided. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are One. They are God. When Jesus promises to give us the Holy Spirit, he also promises that He and the Father will also dwell in us:

“Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”   (John 14:23)

The Holy Trinity was vital to the Early Church. Are we not to teach this heavenly relationship found in God to the Church today. Jesus said:

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”   (Matthew 28:18-20)