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The Godhead (Trinity: Father, Son & Holy Ghost)
When discussing the Godhead with others, I have noticed that many Christians know only some of the fundamentals to God's triune identity. This, I believe, is a reflection of how little we study God's Word. In this essay, I would like to expand our understanding of the Trinity, so we can know Him better.
The Godhead is manifested in three modes of being (Mt 28:19). These three persons are the Father (Joh 3:34-35, 8:54), the Son (Tit 2:13,3:4-6), and the Holy Spirit (Ro 8:9,13:19). Each of the three modes has characteristics essential to the Trinity (Joh 5:19, Mt 3:14-15). If God could only manifest Himself in one of these personalities, He would not function.
The Trinity is not made up of separate god-people. This is because the Godhead is one individual (Isa 43:10, 44:6). The above passage of scripture shows both Mormonism and Jehovah's Witnesses to be incorrect regarding who Jesus was. Per logic, using God's own words above, it is very clear that there is only one God and He alone is Saviour. So, Jesus could not be a man who became "a god". Jesus also has to be God (rather than "a god"), to be the Saviour. My only assumptions are that God inspired all of scripture and that scripture does not contradict itself.
Each person of the Trinity has various functions. The Holy Spirit's operations focus on five areas (Neh 9:20, Joh 14:26, Lu 4:18, Joh 4:7-15, Ac 1:8). Giving wisdom and understanding to the believer is one of these operations (Job 32:8, Ex 31:3). This mirrors the New Testament passage found in John 14:26, "14:26 But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you".
Also, in troubling times He offers comfort (Ac 9:31). This, again, is confirmed a second time through Jesus' words in John 14:26 (above). So, the Holy Spirit comforts / helps / intercedes for you in various aspects of your life.
For preaching, He gives power, boldness, and effectiveness (Ac 2:14-41, 4:8-31). This power, joy, peace, strength manifests itself to those around you. This is why non-Christians can see something different within you, something they deeply desire.
He also gives the Christian the gift of everlasting water (Joh 4:7-14). This water springs up into eternal life (Jo 4:14). A refreshing spring of water for all thirsty souls. Nothing else can satisify or bring you eternal happiness.
The Christian also receives the potent gift of miraculous power for healing, prophecy, etc. (Mk 16:17, Mt 17:20). Not for selfish vainglory, neither for unrighteous mammon, but rather for God's glory and to promote His will on earth.
Jesus' functions in the Godhead are quite diversified. In the beginning, He was the Creator of life (Ge 1:1, Joh 1:3-10). It took him the space of six days to accomplish it. When He came to Earth, He was the Word manifested in the flesh (1 Ti 3:16). This is shown through His perfect obedience to the Father. In general, He is also the living Word of God (Joh 1:1).
Jesus will be the Righteous Judge on the coming day of judgment, where He will judge both great and small (Ps 72:2-4, Mic 4:3). He is King of all the kings and Lord of lords (Ps 24:8). This is extensively covered in Revelation. While prophesying during His ministry, Christ also showed Himself as a prophet (Joh 2:18-20). As the Messiah, Savior, and High Priest, He saves His people from their sins (Ps 69:1-36). This salvation is the bases for the Christian's faith. During His Earthly ministry, Jesus displayed His role as a healer and teacher (Mt 4:23).
The Father's operations are divided into six different categories. One of the most evident is His fatherly role to others (1 Ch 28:6). He is the Father of Jesus (Joh 12:26-28). He was a father figure to the Jews (2 Sa 7:14). He is now the father figure to all Christians (Joh 10:15-30). Another is His function as leader, and molder of His servants (De 32:5-6). Throughout the Old and New Testament, we can see numerous examples of God being a Father to His people. The Father is a rewarder of good, and giver of life (Mt 6:4-9, 7:7-11). He gives Christians necessities and whatever else they ask for. He also reveals new knowledge and wisdom (Mt 11:25-27). Last, the Father makes the choices within the Godhead (Mt 18:10-19). This is why we see Jesus and the Holy Spirit following the Father's will (Joh 5:17-43, 14:26).
Above I briefly outlined the functions of the Trinity, now I will state some of the truths underlying the operations of the Godhead. The Trinity works in unity (Gen 1:26, 3:22, Joh 5:17-43, 10:30). The three titles of the Godhead are interchangeable (Isa 9:6, Joh 10:28 & 29, Rev 1:8 & 21:6). God the Father has sent forth His Holy Spirit to His Son and His servants (Mt 12:18, Ro 8:9-27). The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead (Ac 3:26, 1 Th 1:10, Joh 2:19-21). No person can say, "Jesus is Lord," but by the Holy Spirit (1 Co 12:3-6). Jesus first came to the Earth and fulfilled all things, then the Holy Spirit came (Gal 4:4-6). We have access to the Father by one Spirit, through Jesus Christ (1 Ti 2:5, Eph 2:14-18). The Kingdom of the Son is the Kingdom of the Father (Heb 1:4-14).
God the Father(John 3:34-35, Galatians 1:1-3, 2 Corinthians 1:2-3, Ephesians 6:23, Philippians 2:11, 2 Timoty 1:2, Titus 1:4, 1 Peter 1:2-3, 2 John 1:3, Jude 1:1-10, John 8:54, John 4:23-24 & Luke 4:6-8, John 5:18, John 6:27, John 6:32-33, John 6:45, Romans 1:7, Romans 8:15-16, Romans 15:6, 1 Corinthians 1:3, 1 Corinthians 8:6, 2 Corinthians 11:31, Ephesians 1:2, Ephesians 1:3, Ephesians 1:17)