God is one God expressed in three persons, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The person of God is so immense and enormous that it is difficult for the human mind to comprehend. Because our fallen state has limited our ability to grasp the total concept of The Almighty God, The All-knowing God, The Self-existing Jehovah Yahweh, who needs nothing outside of Himself. The One God is revealed in the Trinity three Persons operating as One in mind and in the nature of theirBeing.
Isaiah 45:5-6 I am the Lord, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me, That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting That there is none besides Me.I am the Lord, and there is no other NKJ
Daniel 7:13-14 “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed. NKJ
God has shown us the concept of the trinity within our own family units. As we may be one family unit, for example “the Browns,” yet there can be three persons in that one family. There is one God yet there are three persons functioning in one accord to perform the function of God Almighty. As there can be one family with three persons functioning in different positions for the success of the whole. The father has a function, the wife has a function and the child has a function and all are related to the growth and benefit of the one family.
God the Father revealed His ways and character in the Old Testament through His relationships with mankind. God dealt with mankind and He revealed Himself through His names and also reveals Himself through His Character.
These are some of the names God showed Himself as and their characteristics. He showed Himself as Yahweh-Jehovah, the all-knowing, Almighty, Self-Existing One that needs nothing outside of Himself and El Shaddai, the Lord God Almighty. AsElohim the Creator and Sovereign God who created heaven and earth with absolute power and as Jehovah Jireh the God who provides. Adonai is a plural form of Lord-Master which refers to the Trinity as Sovereignty and Almighty. El Roi is the God of sight and who sees me and Abba is God our Father.
Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. NKJ (Elohim)
Genesis 2:4 This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LordGod made the earth and the heavens (Yahweh)
Exodus 3:14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ (Yahweh)
Genesis 16:13 Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, You-Are-the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, “Have I also here seen Him who sees me?” (El Roi)
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I amAlmighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. (ElShaddai)
Genesis 22:14 And Abraham called the name of the place,The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” (Jehovah Jireh)
Exodus 3:15 Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’(Adonai)
Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”
As fallen creatures, if we are trying to understand the complex, preeminent all-knowing God on our own, this is hopeless. But God has given us through His word, His names and His character a partial understanding, so that we may know who He is and His purpose for our lives. There are many names of God in the Bible that refer to His nature and character but many of the different names were translated from Hebrew to God or Jehovah in the English translations.
The Bible reveals the Trinity of God and their specific but separate roles in the creation, redemption and salvation of mankind. We see God the Father as the main person of the Trinity who is interacting with mankind in the Old Testamentand these things were written for our instruction, admonition and warning as how to live in this world.
1 Corinthians 8:4-6 Therefore concerning the eating of things offered to idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one. For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
The three Persons of God have been revealed to us over time with each One performing and engaging mankind with their particular function in the salvation and restoration of mankind back to God. God created mankind in His image, for His purpose to reflect the glory of God on the earth. The Father Himself engaged mankind providing a covering for them after the fall, speaking directly to them and made a temporary covenant in the Old Testament that would allow them to live until it was time for Him to reveal His Son Jesus as their Savior, Redeemer and Lord. Then the Holy Spirit was sent into the world as a comforter and guide to Christ followers.
Galatians 4:3-5 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
Acts 4:12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Jesus was the predominate person of the Trinity who engaged humanity on the earth as revealed in the Gospels. He came in the form of a man, born to a virgin and yet was the embodiment of God who lived as the Son of man and who died the death of the cross to save humanity.
Matthew 28:18-19 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
After the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus to the Father the Holy Spirit was sent to be the comforter and guide for God’s people. Currently the Holy Spirit is now the principal person of the Trinity operating on the earth, working in and through the children of God to fulfill their God given purpose, to reflect and reveal His glory upon the earth.
John 15:26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.
God created mankind after His own image and made them a tri-part being. We are a living spirit, living in a body that has a soul. It takes all three parts of a human being to live and function well in life. Just as God is three in one, God the Father who is the head of all, Jesus Christ His Son who was given all authority in heaven and earth and the Holy Spirit the Comforter.
Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. NKJ
Reginald Heber, author (1826) Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name in earth, and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!