The Godhead; the Holy Trinity; God The Father, God The Son, and God The Holy Ghost, the idea of the three in one God is a mystery. Some dismiss it because they do not understand it, others say that it cannot exist because the Bible never implicitly says that it does. However, those people are misguided and should observe scriptures closer to see the truth of our God.
From the beginning God has been plural, from the moment He said, “Let Us make man in Our image”, God’s multi-person nature was made known. He did not say, “Let Me make man in My image”, no, He said let Us make man in Our image. That is only the start of it.
The saturation of three in the Bible and its significance also suggests that God is Himself three. God loves the number three. You may say, “what do numbers matter”? Well, God apperantly thinks numbers are significant; He liked them so much that He named an entire book after them.
- 3 were the sons of Adam whose decendants multiplied upon the earth. (Gen. 4:1-2,25)
- 3 were the sons of Noah who replenished the earth after the flood. (Gen. 9:19)
- Abraham sacrificed a heifer, she goat, and ram, each of 3 years to discover God’s Will. (Gen. 15:9)
- Joseph interpreted dreams in prison, the outcomes of which were to occur 3 day later. (Gen. 40:10-19)
- Jacob, called Israel, had 33 sons and daughters. (Gen. 46:15)
- The plague of darkness upon Egypt lasted 3 days. (Ex. 10:22)
- The menorah is a candlestick with 3 branches coming off either side. (Ex. 37:18)
- Balaam smite his donkey 3 times before it spake to him. (Bum. 22:28)
- Gideon divided 300 men into 3 companies and defeated the Midianites (Judges 7:20)
- Samson posed riddle for 3 days, caught 300 foxes to set fire to the Philistines crops, lied to Delilah about his hair 3 times, and killed 3,000 Philistines at once in his death. (Judges 14-16)
- David was 30 years old when he began his reign and ruled 33 years in Judah. (2 Sam. 5:4)
- 3 men cast into the fiery furnace. (Dan. 3:23)
- 3 times daily Daniel prayed. (Dan. 6:13)
- 3 days Jonah spent in the whale. (Jonah 1:17)
- Jesus died at the age of 33 at 3:33 pm on the 3rd day of April in the year 33 A.D..
- 3 days Christ spent in the grave. (Matt. 27:16)
The number three saturates the Bible, always important, always meaning something. The more you observe, the more amazed you are at the significance of this number. I definitely encourage you to read those passages and those stories and look for the number 3 you’d be surprised how often it gets mentioned when important events take place.
But, this doesn’t really prove anything. So what? God likes threes. Let’s take a different angle, why would 3, be so important as to appear everywhere in the scripture’s most integral times? Well, like everything in life, numbers are made to reflect their Creator. They mean something, each and every one of the basic, single-digit numbers has a special significance, even 11 and 12 bear very specific personalities.
If God is truly 3 and the number reflects His presence, we should expect at least one instance in the Bible that says that He is indeed 3. And, not surprisingly, that is exactly what we find:
1 John 5:7 (KJV)
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
There are three and these three are one. What more proof could you need? God is three and yet He is one. Perfect harmony and yet distinctive diversity in one eternal being.
God, The Father, the sovriegn Lord; power supreme belongs to Him.
God, The Son, immutable, transcendent, the Word of Life indwells in Him.
God, The Spirit, unknowable, condescending, the revelation of Glory is given to Him.
The Father is the ultimate authority to whom all have answer. Jesus, the Word, is the translation of God’s thoughts, the Begotten Son, is the channel of God’s words. The Spirit is the revelation of God’s word imputed to men. The one who acts upon God’s Will through the channel of Christ.
One and yet three, three and yet one. God is undefinable, unbound, and so gracious not to strike me down for my feeble attempts to interpret His greatness. Rest in the knowledge that God is bigger than any of your problems can even understand. His grace will lead you, His Word will feed you, and His Spirit teach you in the ways you should go.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist