Q & A
How can I explain the Trinity to my children?
The word Trinity is not found in the Bible. But, by the late
second century the church was using it to describe a biblical concept —
literally, tri-unity, or “three in one.”
This does not mean three Gods. Instead, Christians have a
unique view of God, one that comes about because they believe both the Old and
There are six basic biblical steps to understanding the
1. There is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4). The Hebrew language
has two words that are translated “one” — Yachid and Echad. Yachid means
an absolute one. Echad refers to a united one. Echad is the word used of God in
the Old Testament — God is a united One.
2. The Father is God (2 Peter 1:17).
3. The Son is God (John 8:58).
4. The Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3,4).
5. Father, Son and Holy Spirit are distinct individuals
6. Therefore, there are three Persons in the one Godhead.
Since the Trinity is completely unique, no analogy really
fits. But attempts have been made, such as the egg, which is comprised of an
eggshell, egg white and yolk.
The best illustration I have seen comes from C.S. Lewis: The
three dimensions of space: Length, width and height. All coincide in the same
place, yet are distinct.
— KEN HORN is the editor of Today’s Pentecostal
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