The idea that God is three in one has confused many people.
Just what does it mean that God is a Trinity?
The Bible teaches there is but one God. This is
called monotheism. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is
one” (Deuteronomy 6:4 niv). Jesus quoted this
scripture in Mark 12:29, confirming that there is just one God. So how is it
that people call God a Trinity—how, some people ask, can there be three Gods,
God being a Trinity does not mean there are three
Gods. God exists as three persons, yet he is one being. Each person of the Trinity—the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Spirit—has a separate identity while yet possessing the full nature of God.
Jesus is the divine Son of God. This does not mean
that Jesus was created by God. In fact, Scripture tells us plainly that he has
always co-existed with God (see John 1:1-3). Jesus himself declared he had
eternally co-existed with his Father. And on the basis of that declaration the
Jewish leaders plotted to kill him, saying, “He called God his Father, thereby
making himself equal with God” ( John
5:18). Paul the apostle declared Jesus to be deity. “Christ himself was an
Israelite as far as his human nature is concerned. And he is God, the one who
rules over everything and is worthy of eternal praise!” (Romans 9:5). The
writer of Hebrews says, “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the
very character of God” (Hebrews 1:3).