Holy Trinity Persons
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Three Pointed DiagramThe word "Trinity" comes from the Latin word "Trinitas" or "Trinus" meaning "threefold." The Trinity is made up in Christian belief by three persons who are God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. In Hebrew, "Holy Spirit" or "the spirit of Yahweh" comes from the word "ruach" and literally meant "spirit of the holiness" or "spirit of the holy place." The Father, Son and Holy Spirit have quite different and particular qualities but are still essentially of the same essence like water, steam and ice which are of the same elemental makeup.

Three Deity Parts

Trinity Tie KnotThe descriptive word "persons" in the Godhead depicts the role of one personality in their relationship to the other two. In the same way, the Trinity, of "God the Father," "God the Son" and "God the Holy Spirit," can be used to define the three separate and quite distinctive roles of the three persons of the Godhead in relation to one another. Trinity names can then be like family names. A person can be a father, a son and a husband at the same time. Similarly a woman may at the same time be a mother, a daughter and a wife. God can equally be Father, Son and Holy Spirit all at the same time.

Colors Analogy

Infinity SignGod is always greater than the sum total of the three parts of the Trinity. A good analogy is found in the concept of the three primary colors of red, blue and yellow found in nature. All other colors like orange, purple or green are made up of these primary colors mixed in different proportions. Orange is yellow plus red. Purple is blue plus red. All the colors emanate out from the three primary ones. So also is the complex nature of the Holy Trinity. All the colors in a spectrum combine to form pure white light. The three members of the Trinity combined as one and separated as three.

Holy Ghost

GardenThe names for the Holy Trinity are often misunderstood, sometimes with amusing consequences. The little book, "Bishop's Brew" told of a Vicar's small daughter who was seen burying a dead bird in the garden. Very piously the child announced, "In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and into the hole he goes. Amen!"

"Holy Trinity Persons"
by Ron Meacock

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