Today is Trinity Sunday when we focus on the Christian understanding of the Godhead – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The word Trinity does not appear in the Bible but the Early Church Fathers began to see that a Trinitarian understanding was the only way to make sense of what the disciples had experienced. The classic definition of The Trinity is:
God exists as three persons but is one being, having a single divine nature. The members of the Trinity are co-equal and co-eternal, one in essence, nature, power, action, and will. As stated in the Athanasian Creed, the Father is uncreated, the Son is uncreated, and the Holy Spirit is uncreated, and all three are eternal without beginning. “The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” are not names for different parts of God, but one name for God because three persons exist in God as one entity. They cannot be separate from one another. Each person is understood as having the identical essence or nature, not merely similar natures. Confused? Try reading this again slowly.