“THE TRINITY: How can 1+1+1=1?”


THE TRINITY: How can 1+1+1=1?

The word “Trinity” is not mentioned in the Bible.  It is also true that the word “Bible” is not mentioned in the Bible.  The word “Rapture” is not mentioned in the Bible.  “Trinity” simply means “triunity.”  God is not a simply unity; there is plurality in his unity.

The Trinity is one of the great mysteries of the Christian Faith.  The Trinity goes beyond reason but not against reason.

Before the creation of man, God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness..” (Genesis 1:26)  The plural pronouns “us” and “our” must refer to the two other members of the Trinity (God the Son and God the Holy Spirit).

The Father Is God.  Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Our Father which art in heaven.”  (Matt. 6:9)

The Son Is God. Jesus prayed, “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”  (John 17:5)

The Holy Spirit Is God.  “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”  (Matt. 28:18-19)

The record of the baptism of Jesus gives a picture of the Trinity.  “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”  (Matt. 3:16-17)

The concept of the Trinity is illustrated and accepted in different ways:
A Geometric Illustration:  A triangle has three corners, which are inseparable from, and simultaneous to, one another.

A Mathematical Illustration: Critics make a point of saying 1+1+1=3.  This is true when you add three components together.  The Trinity (Godhead) is eternal.  One did not add another.  They compliment or magnify each other.  It is true that 1x1x1=1.

A Moral Illustration:  The Bible informs us that “God is love.”  (I John 4:16)  Love involves a lover, a beloved, and a spirit of love between lover and loved.  Love can not exist unless these three are united as one.

A Time Illustration:  In time you have past, present and future.  All are different, but all are part of time.

A Space Illustration:  In space there is depth, height and width.  All are different, but all are part of space.

The Mind Illustration:  The human mind has ideas and words to express these ideas.  There is a unity among all three of these without there being an identity.

A Biological Illustration:  A chicken egg has a shell, yoke and white.  These three components are different but they united make up the egg.

Let’s praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost!

About Dr. Mike Harmon

Dr. Harmon began preaching at the age of 15 while living in southern California. He has conducted over 600 revivals and evangelistic campaigns nationwide, and has served as Senior Pastor at seven churches. Dr. Harmon has degrees from Central Baptist College, the University of Central Arkansas, and a Ph.D. From the Christian Bible College and Seminary. He has served as trustee for Southeastern Baptist College and Chairman of the trustees for the BMA Theological Seminary. He also served as Chaplain for the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas State Senate. His many sermons and articles on Christian Apologetics are widely published. He is married to one wife of 43 years; has two sons, and seven grandchildren. He considers the simple pleasures of cooking, dining with family and friends, and liesurely rides on his Harley through the Texas Hill Country to be some of the most enjoyable blessings from the Lord.
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