|Originally posted by sgreen|
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
The doctrine of the Trinity is an important cornerstone of Christian belief. In 1 Corinthians 12:4-6,
<p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1422715839476_11829">Although the term Trinity is never used in the Bible, the early church fathers discerned the concept from verses like Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14. In fact, the relationship of the Trinity can be
Paul refers to the deep relationship among the three persons of the
Trinity: the Spirit, the Lord (Christ) and God (the Father). He
illustrates how unity in the church — in terms of spiritual gifts, kinds
of service and kinds of working — should reflect the unity of the
Trinity. But how does the relationship among the persons of the Trinity
provide evidence of Jesus’ divine nature?
traced throughout Scripture. For instance, consider how all were present
at Creation: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth …
the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters” (Genesis 1:1-2). And Colossions 1:16 says of the Son, “For in him all things were created.”<p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1422715839476_12786">Yet, as Scriptures like Deuteronomy 6:4 reveal, there is only one God. Although each person of the Trinity is distinct, all share the same essence, or nature.<p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1422715839476_12792">Philosopher
Norman Geisler says that another way to think about the Trinity is as
one “What” and three “Whos.” Says Geisler: “The three Whos (persons)
each share the same What (essence). So God is a unity of essence with a
plurality of persons. Each person is different, yet they share a common
nature.”<p id="yui_3_16_0_1_1422715839476_12793">As difficult as it
is to grasp, the concept of the Trinity verifies the divine status of
Jesus. Far from being one of many prophets or religious leaders, Jesus
is the very essence of God.
From Investigating The Bible
It was hard for me to grasp the understanding of the Trinity. I will have to learn about this tmr at mass.