The Trinity, Part Eleven:
A Simplified Model of the Trinity
In past lessons we have said that it is possible to have a singularity within a plurality, and
that no matter how we look, all Persons of the Trinity are so alike that all had the attributes
of God and did the works of God. So why the Trinity?
1 Timothy 3:16 - Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared
in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.
God is too awesome to relate to man.
So here is a down-to-earth model, not to disparage God in any way or to degrade his awsomeness
or majesty, but rather to help us with our finite minds to understand Who He is:
God is so Omni**** (wild card: everything -- omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, etc.) that
man cannot relate.
- The Father is the Infinite Source of Everything.
- The Son is God's Action Figure (G.I. Joe) to get things done among men.
- The Holy Spirit is God's Power Pack; the Energizer Battery (that just keeps
going, and going, and going).
Job 11:7-9 - Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the
Almighty? They are higher than the heavens -- what can you do? They are deeper than the
depths of the grave -- what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider
than the sea.
Job 36:26 - How great is God! Beyond our understanding! The number of his years
is past finding out.
Job 37:23 - The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and
great righteousness, he does not oppress.
Isaiah 40:13 - Who has understood the mind of the Lord, or instructed him as his
counselor? ...quoted by Paul in Romans 11:33-36 - Oh, the depth of the riches of the
wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to
God, that God should repay him? For from him and through him and to him are all things.
To him be the glory forever! Amen!"
Isaiah 40:28 - Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding
no one can fathom.
Psalm 145:32 - Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can
If it is true that man may have had up to ten dimentions before the fall, and now has only four,
one could say that man may have lost 60% of his ability to comprehend God -- ability that he had
before the fall.
The Father, and the See-and-Die Rule - "Man cannot see God and live".
So all of these references seem to point more to the Father, especially those mentioning the
"See-and-Die" rule. But what about the cases in the Old Testament where people did see
God, and they didn't die?
- Moses on Mt. Sinai, Exodus 33:18-20 - Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory."
And the Lord said, "I will cause all my goodnes to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my
name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have
compassion on whom I will have compassion. But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for no one
may see me and live."
- John's opening words: John 1:18 - No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only,
who is at the Father's side, has made him known.
- Jesus, while teaching: John 6:46 - "No one has seen the Father except the one who is
from God; only he has seen the Father."
The Son, God's Action Figure - When God needs to give man a personal touch or course
correction, he sends the Son to relate to him. So in the cases were people "saw" God in the Old
Testament and didn't die, they were probably relating to the Son: the pre-incarnate Jesus.
- In the Garden of Eden, at the fall, (Genesis 3:8), it may have been the
pre-incarnate Son, or even the Father, since Adam and Eve hid themselves and may not have met
God face to face.
- Abraham and the Three Visitors - Genesis 18:2 - Sarah was promised a Son; God visited
Abraham as the pre-incarnate Son.
- Jacob wrestled with God, Genesis 32:24-30 - So Jacob was left alone [at night], and
a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the
socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man. Then the man
said, "Let me go, for it is daybreak." But Jacob replied, "I will not let you go unless you
bless me." The man asked him, "what is your name?" "Jacob," he answered. Then the man said,
will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have
overcome." Jacob said, "Please tell me your name." But he replied, "Why do you ask my name?"
Then he blessed him there. So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "It is because I
saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared."
- Moses at the Burning Bush - Exodus 3:1-6 - Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro
his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desrt and came
to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire
from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire, it did not burn up. So Moses
thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight -- why the bush does not burn up." When the
Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!"
And Moses said, "Here I am." "Do not come any closer," God said. "Take off your sandals, for
the place where you are standing is holy ground. Then he said, "I am the God of your father,
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob." At this, Moses hid his face,
because he was afraid to look at God.
- Over the Tabernacle - Deuteronomy 31:15 - Then the Lord appeard at the Tent in a
pillar of cloud, and the cloud stood over the entrance to the tent.
- Gideon - Gudges 6:11 - Gideon saw the angel of the Lord (and did not die). Probably
the pre-incarnate Son.
- To others: Solomon, Isaiah, Ezekiel, in dreams and visions, which were probably
exempt from the "See-and-Die" rule.
Next time: The Son (continued), as man's intermediary. The transformer to step
down God's voltage to where we can handle it.
Then, The Holy Spirit, God's Energizer Battery.