Another look at how to describe the trinity

A person who was leaving the Jehovah Witnesses was asking about how to understand the trinity.

According the John 1, the Word was with God and was God, and became flesh. And the Word was Jesus Christ. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three personas (or personalities) in one entity we call God. This is why I call them personalities, like multiple personalities in one being. Each personality has its own desires and purpose and thoughts, is not the other personalities, but together make up the whole. Father + Son + Holy Spirit = God.

John 1 tells us God became man. The Word took on flesh – was made a man. Jesus said He was “I AM”. Jesus made Himself equal to God, and the Jews recognized this. He existed in the form of man.

In fact, Paul said Jesus existed in the form of God, but emptied Himself (of his deity) and was made in the likeness of man, and obeyed God the Father to the point of death.

The three persons which make up God are not putting on different masks. *I*  prefer to use the term personalities because the Latin word is persona. I see them as three distinct separate personalities in one God. They are NOT the same. They are separate from each other within God, but are never separate from God. Its not putting on a personality. These personalities exist eternally.

John 1:1-3
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.

John 1:14-17
14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John *testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’” 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.

The Father sends both the Son and the Holy Spirit, the Father and the Son both send the Holy Spirit. Each personality has his own position and role and function.

John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.

John 15:26 When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me

John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.

Paul tells us God emptied himself to become human.
Philippians 2:5-8
5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Father, Son, Holy Spirit are God
The Father is God
1 Peter 1:2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.

Ephesians 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.

The Son is God
Hebrews 1:8 But of the Son He says, “YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM.

The Holy Spirit is God
Acts 5:3-4
3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the price of the land ? 4 “While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not under your control ? Why is it that you have conceived this deed in your heart ? You have not lied to men but to God.”

All together, there are three personalities, or persons as theologians call them; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each are God. Each one is not the other. Yet each is God. Together they make up God.

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