God . . . Three in one? One in three? Slivers of the same? Or three distinct beings?
Despite the fact that religious leaders have gotten their underwear in a bunch over the trinity debate for centuries, Biblical texts refer to God in two ways: Corporately at the beginning of creation – Hebrew el-o-heem (Genesis 1:1-2 & John 1:1-14) and as God the Father. Different heavenly beings under corporate God are as follows.
- Father: The father of spirits (Hebrews 12:9), the father who gives us the Spirit (Luke 11:13), and the father who forgives (Matthew 6:14-15).
- Son: Took human form to live and die as a man in order to give humankind the choice of life through covenant with Him.
- Spirit: Described as the ‘breath of god’, He is currently on earth to guide and instruct those who follow the Christ (John 16:13).
They’re corporately the same just like company employees or a husband and wife may be of one mind. Jesus pointed this out when claiming that He and His father were one and the same (John 14:11). However, each is a distinct entity with beautiful attributes.
Different titles for God the Father based on His character and actions:
- His true name, Jehovah/Yahweh – “I am that I am” – “I exist” (Genesis 2:4)
- Creator and Father of spirits (Genesis 6:7, Ecclesiastes 12:5-7 & Hebrews 12:9)
- Healer, Jehovah-Rapha (Exodus 15:26)
- Provider, Jehovah-Jireh (Genesis 22:14)
- Judge of the world through Jesus the Christ (Acts 17:30-31)
Regarding the Son of God: He came to earth and took human form (spirit in body like us) to become the final sacrifice for sin. He has earned the right to rescue us from judgment (Revelation 5) and sits in the kingdom of heaven at the right side of God the father (Ephesians 1:19-20).
What about the Spirit of corporate God? The Spirit is given by God the Father at the moment of true belief (Luke 11:13) and Acts 19:2). He is also a teacher & helper to Jesus’ Followers (John 14:26 and 16:13, and 2Peter 1:21). Finally, the Holy Spirit also gives gifts to the Followers of Jesus to strengthen them. These include the tongues of men and angels along with interpretations, wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, and discerning of spirits (Acts 2:4 & 13, and 1Corinthians 12:7-10).
El-o-heem God corporately describes creator, savior, and helper – three distinct individuals working together to reconcile with mankind. Who’s your god?