What We Believe (Part 2)

Ken Samples

READ : Jude 17-23

Pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourself in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. (vv. 20-21, NIV)

Thinking clearly about Christian truth is critical. Let’s consider what Christians believe about the Trinity by making three more points. First, the persons of the Trinity are equal in attributes, nature, and glory. While Scripture points to a subordination among the divine persons in terms of position or role, there is absolutely no inferiority of essence or nature. The persons are therefore equal in being, but subordinate only in role or position.

Second, we believe that God eternally exists as three distinct persons. In other words, the Godhead has forever been, is now, and will forever be Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. None of the persons came into being or became divine at a given moment in time.

Third, Christians believe that the three persons of the Godhead can be distinguished from each other. The Father is not the Son or the Spirit, and the Son is not the Spirit. Orthodox Christianity therefore rejects all forms of modalism, the heresy that blends the persons by defining them as mere modes of existence, for example, saying that God was Father at one time and Son at another. We worship the God who is eternally Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!


God, may we always abide in your truth.