There is no doubt that there is only one God. The God of our fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Yet throughout the entire Bible, God has revealed Himself in three distinct persons. These three persons are the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit each existing since the dawn of creation. This truth about the character of God can be quite difficult for us mere humans to fully understand. Yet, the truth concerning the Trinity can be found in the Old and New Testament. The most notable instance is where John the Baptist baptized Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit descended on Him from Heaven. Then God the Father said “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3: 16-17)

The first two persons of the Trinity, Father and Son, are most understood but who exactly is the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is the divine source of God’s renewing power and guidance. It is an active power in all of God’s servants to give them strength to fulfill His will. The Holy Spirit is God within us, revealing the truth and setting us apart from evil. While God the Father is our loving Creator, and Jesus is our Savior who brings us to the Father, the Holy Spirit binds us all as one family and the One who guides and teaches us. “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.” (John 15:26)

Let it be understood that the Father is not the same person as the Son; the Son is not the same person as the Holy Spirit; and the Holy Spirit is not the same person as Father.  They are not three gods and not three beings.  They are three distinct persons; yet, they are all the one God. The Father who created us chooses who will be saved; our Savior the Son redeems us; and the Holy Spirit seals us in His holy power. As you read through this difficult topic, I pray “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him.” (Ephesians 1:17)