Sunday, August 21, 2011

Is the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are all the same?

Are The Three Persons In Trinity The Same?

Q: The Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are all the same, has this been mentioned anywhere in Bible. Please answer this Question ????

A : No they are not the same person, but the same in the essence of their Character. Jesus said,
"I and the Father are one" to tell that they are same in purpose, work and character (John 10:30; 14:9-10). "The Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are all the same" phraseology is not found in the Scripture but 1 John 5:7 comes very close and says, "For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one." In what way these three persons are one is that it is not in person but in witness of their Character display in heaven.

The Word described by John the Apostle is nobody other than the Lord Jesus who became a man in the flesh to reveal the Character of God in the flesh (1 John 1:1-2; 4:2). Even though he became a perfect human being on earth, he was still part of the Godhood or else He would not have been able to say, "before Abraham was, I AM" (John 8:58, c). The pact that Jesus made with the Father before coming to the earth to save humans was that He agreed to be a bond slave of God and obey His word hundred percentage at all times as a perfect human without using His Divine attributes independently (Phil 2:6-7; Heb 10:5-7). The devil in the wilderness tried this one thing, it wanted Jesus to act independently apart from will of the Father God, but Jesus won over all the temptation of Satan by the power of the Holy Spirit (Matt 4:1-11). If Jesus had given in to the temptation of Satan even for a moment, all humanity would have been lost for ever in its sinfulness.

Jesus is not the same person as the Father and also vice-versa it applies. We see from the Bible that Jesus had a separate will as a person apart from the Father. Luke 22:42 says, "Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done." But Jesus submitted His will voluntarily to God the Father according to the pact previously made before the foundation of the world in order to save our sinful humanity from getting separated from God forever because of our rebellious nature to God and His ways which only deserves death. Death is separation from God and his goodness (Heb 4:3; 1 Peter 1:18-20; Rom 6:23). We know that at that time when Jesus walked on earth, God the Father was present in heaven which was clearly revealed when the voice of the Father God came out of heaven to testify Jesus was His beloved Son who has lived life fully pleasing to Him from the day he was born as a baby (Matt 3:17).

The Holy Spirit who is considered as the third person of the Trinity is a unique individual personality who has a will of His own which is clearly expressed in Acts 15:28 which says, "For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things." The apostles walked hand in hand with the Holy Spirit that they understood him as a individual person, with a will to express if we are willing to walk in it. So the Holy Spirit is not the same person as Jesus and the Father. He is omnipresent both in heaven and on earth at the same time by choice and executive assignment (1 John 5:7-8). We can say that they are one God because when the Holy Spirit says a thing and expresses it, it will be in agreement with both the Father and the Son. The same applies to the others persons of the Trinity. As God they all have one will of God between them which will always be in agreement and that which can never be broken (John 5:30; 16:13-14; 15:15; Psa 2:12; Eccl 4:12). No person in the Trinity will ever do a things independently of each other, this is the reason there is perfect love in between them always (John 17:23). In fact, "God is Love" because they are three in person (1 John 4:8). If God is just one person, he cannot be love because love can only be expressed between at least a minimum of two persons only.

So the bottom line is, the Bible implicitly says that the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit are all the same God but have individual personality which looks the same in Character.

Much Blessings......


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