Biblical Trinity

Posted on January 5, 2012 by

Most Christians are aware that our God is comprised of a Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. What many do not realize is that our Bible follows the same pattern.

The Old Testament focuses on the Father and His relationship with the people of Israel. As Christians, we know that we are descendents of Israel through adoption (baptism), so it is important to know what our ancestors experienced and to hear the myths they have passed on from generation to generation. It is an epic tale, with a focus on morality and right behavior (orthopraxy). This is my favorite part of the Bible to read, as I’m a bit of a history and psychology buff.

The New Testament is split in two. The first section, the Gospel, is essentially a biography of Jesus the Christ, the Son of God. We read about his birth, life and miracles, and death. He spends a lot of time healing the ill, comforting the suffering, and challenging the wicked. His strong will, bravery and self-sacrifice, right thinking, deep faith, and loving heart offer each Christian a complex but tangible example of sainthood. Because God became man in Christ, we can see what human spiritual perfect entails, and we have a concrete goal to work toward.

The second section of the New Testament concerns the Holy Spirit, which is present before Creation (as are the Son and the Father), but really gets the focus in the latter half of the NT. Here we have the story of the formation of the Church after Jesus’ death, and the Bible tells how the Holy Spirit descended upon His followers and taught them how to continue to follow Christ and spread His gospel. Although the charismatic movements have emphasized the spiritual aspects of this section, traditionalists have also taken a renewed interest in the description of how the Spirit shaped the culture of the Early Church.

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