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Three In One - The Trinity

Julia Shipley

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Today we want to learn something else about God that will help us to understand the new name for Jesus (Son of God). We say God is a Trinity. This word is not found in the Bible but its meaning is. It comes from two Latin words which mean three in one. Tri means three. You know a triangle has three sides, a tricycle has three wheels. Sometimes it can be hard for us to understand how God can be one God and yet in three Persons as the Bible teaches. There are many things that are three in one.

Three Branch Candlestick

There is one candlestick but three separate candles, and each one does its own shining. One cannot take the place of another. It is a trinity three-in-one.

An Egg

There is the shell which is thrown away, the white and the yolk. Each part is separate and yet it is one egg.

Body, Soul and Spirit

"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground (his body) and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (his spirit), and man became a living body. The body will not live forever but the soul will. The soul is the part of you with which you love your mother, with which you learn, with which you make decisions. The very inmost part of you is your spirit. This is the part of you with which you know God and through which He works in you after you have become His child.

Once a little boy could not understand how his little sister had gone to heaven when he could see her little body lying there in the house. His father said, “But sister isn't here now. This is just her body house. She is really in Heaven with Jesus. " “But I can see her there, " said the little fellow. His father told hold of his elbow, “Tel me, Jonnie, is that you?" “No" said Jonnie, “that's my elbow. " Then his father touched his knee, “Is that you?" “It's my knee, " said Jonnie. Then he touched his head, “Is that you?" “It's my head, Daddy!" “Then where are you, Jonnie, the real you that loves us. " Jonnie looked puzzled for a minute, then he opened his mouth pointed at himself and said, “I guess I must be inside someplace. "

When we speak of these three parts, we usually say body, soul and spirit; but when God speaks of them, He says spirit, soul and body, 1 Thess. 5:23. So we know that the spirit and soul are the most important because they will live forever.

God is a Trinity. There is only one living God. He is in three Persons. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each one of the three persons has His own special work to do. The new name today for Jesus is, Son of God. When we are born again, we become children of God; but Jesus is the Son of God in a way that no one else could ever be. He is the second Person of the Trinity, God the Son. He left Heaven and all it's glory to come down to earth to do His Father's will. When we call Him the Son of God, we mean He is the second Person of the Trinity, God the Son, as truly as God the Father.

Julia Shipley is a committed Christian and loves to teach young people the word of God. For more information visit


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