What is the difference between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?

Hello K,

Thank you for your question. The bible states:

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9). Finite human minds will never be able to fully understand everything about the nature of the Creator of the universe.

The word “Trinity” is not found in the Bible. However, the Bible presents the concept of the Godhead. There is one God. Yet, the Godhead contains the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are one in nature, character, and purpose.

In the Godhead, we notice that there is an order of authority concerning the three persons in the trinity. While all three are the same in properties and attributes, and equal in power and glory, it appears that the Father is recognized as the ultimate authority. “And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s” (1 Corinthians 3:23). “But I would have you know, that … the head of Christ is God” (1 Corinthians 11:3). The Son constantly receives His glory, power, throne, and prerogatives as Judge from the Father (John 3:35; John 5:22). The Bible teaches that we pray to the Father in the name of the Son by the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Yet, just because the Father seems to have supreme authority, it does not in any way diminish from the divinity of Jesus and the Spirit.

In John, we read that God the Father so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son that we might be born of the Spirit (John 3:8, 13, 16, 17).

But it is at the Cross that the doctrine of the Godhead explodes with meaning. Before earth’s creation, the Godhead discussed the potential of man’s rebellion and fall. Through the divine foreknowledge, the Godhead saw sin’s effects on the world. And there, before man was formed, it was decided that Jesus would leave the throne of heaven and become humanity’s substitute. Jesus was “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8; 1 Peter 1:19, 20).

If Jesus was merely a created super-being, then His death for man’s redemption is no better than an angel dying for us. If Christ is not deity itself, then any created being could have served the purpose. This would have virtually sustained Satan’s charge that God is selfish by demonstrating that He is only willing to sacrifice His creation and not Himself.

We should not go beyond what the scriptures tell us regarding the nature of the Godhead.

I hope this has helped answer your question.

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