Explaining the Trinity

If you have ever broken an egg in an attempt to explain the Trinity to a group of children, you may laugh out loud like I did while listening to Michael Reeve’s podcast, Why the Trinity is So Delightful.

During the above taped audio clip, Michael explains how “the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit have been in a loving fellowship from before the beginning.” (Brestin, D.)

If you look in the beginning of Genesis, you find God and the Spirit there.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Now the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Genesis 1: 1 – 3

God is there.  The Spirit is hovering over the earth and God the Word is speaking the world into creation. John’s gospel shows us that the Word is Jesus Christ.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made, and without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men

(John 1:1-4).

We know that God is not alone in the beginning because in Genesis 1:26 God says, “Let us make man in our image.” 

From the beginning of time God has been a loving Father enjoying fellowship with God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

A triune God is a difficult topic for me to understand much less explain to anyone else, but thinking of it as a marriage is much easier for me.

It makes sense because two different people become one when united in marriage.  Love between a husband and wife overflows and before you know it children make your family grow to three people! For me thinking of God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit as one family makes the Trinity a bit easier to understand even if it is not a perfect metaphor.

Our triune God are three loving beings together as one God.

If you are confused about the Trinity, Listen to the 1 hour audio recording by Michael Reeves about Why the Trinity is so delightful.

Michael Reeves explained that Jesus’ baptism is a better way to teach the Trinity.

As soon as Jesus was baptized, He went up out of the water. Suddenly the heavens were opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and resting on Him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased!”

Matthew 3: 16 – 17

In the above scripture we can clearly see Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and God the Father together in a loving fellowship.

Since we are made in the image of a triune God, we need fellowship with God and with others (Brestin, D).

I can remember times in my life when I cried out to God asking for a spirit led friend.

At the time it seemed like a long time passed before he answered that prayer. But now I clearly see how I’ve been blessed with many more friends who also seek God than I ever dreamed of asking! 

In the same way a deer quickly reveals its presence and then hides again, sometimes Jesus is revealed within the scripture or in our lives. We welcome his presence, but then He disappears from our view.  Sometimes this occurs with friends too, but let’s not turn to friends when we should be turning to Jesus first.

“It is noteworthy that in the Song of Songs the bride compares the Bridegroom to the stag…She makes this comparison…because of the swiftness with which he shows and then hides himself. He usually visits devout souls in order to gladden and liven them, and then leaves in order to try, humble, and teach them”.

St. John of the Cross

Bible Study Week 2
This week I’m reading Chapter 2 in Dee Brestin’s bible study, The Jesus Who Surprises.  If you would like to view the videos for her bible study, they may all be viewed for free at Dee Brestin’s website.

Week 2 God Hunt
Each day write down your best gift for thanksgiving. If you did this last week, I hope you will encourage me by commenting below. I’d love to hear what your best gift from God was last week.

Scripture to Ponder this week:

John, known as the disciple that Jesus loved, wrote this first letter to clear up any false views of the Son of God. He wants you to love others and to believe in the true Jesus for eternal life.

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our own eyes, which we have gazed upon and touched with our own hands—this is the Word of life. And this is the life that was revealed; we have seen it and testified to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us.

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And this fellowship of ours is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ. We write these things so that our joy may be complete.

1 John 1: 1 – 4

If you do listen to Micheal’s sermon, I’d love to hear your take-aways. What metaphors make it easier for you to understand the Trinity?


Published by April Jollie

Teacher + Writer = Lessons of Hope for Tough Days, writer to deepen understanding of God's Word and to stay connected to Jesus.

6 thoughts on “Explaining the Trinity

  1. Explaining the Trinity most people do not understand, nor do they get it. I know for me the first time it was explained to me I was so confused. But the more I spent time reading the bible I saw that it was not heard explaining it. I do believe in the trinity that is for sure.


    1. Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a comment. I remember well trying to explain the Trinity to adults who were confused and wondered how in the world I can explain this to my young children. Thankfully the Holy Spirit is a great teacher!

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