Crazy Eights and the Holy Trinity

Crazy Eights

by Trey Campbell, treycampbell1010@gmail.com

Take a close look at the image above.  What do you see?

The first is made in one swift, seamless motion.  The second is made by making an “S” with a line connecting each end.  While the last one resembles the bottom two-thirds of a snowman with two stacked ovals.

They all represent a specific, identifiable number.  All of these “eights” are different, yet we see them as being the same.  And so it is with the Holy Trinity.

The Trinity is made up of the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit – one God in three persons. Each is distinct in purpose, yet the same.  How can this be?

The “Godhead,” as the three-in-one are also known as, work together and in unison – while being one. Each possesses attributes such as being eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent*.  They have always been and will always be.  Here are a few verses that distinguish them as a unique threesome:

When the Archangel, Gabriel, appeared to Mary and foretold about the birth of Jesus, he mentions the three:

The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called
the Son of God.
– Luke 1:35

The Great Commission, as commanded by Jesus, hits on all three Godhead cylinders giving them singular equality:

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
– Matthew 28:19

Peter, in speaking to all Christians, relates the purpose of each:

God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you Holy.  As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus.
– 1 Peter 1:2

To summarize:

God the Father God the Son + the Spirit of God = God
1 + 1 + 1 = 1;  3 = 1

All things are from the Father, through the Son and in the Holy Spirit.  

With God, the laws of math do not have to add up.  Those crazy eights in the example above reveal a simple truth. You can have three things representative of the same.  This is a crucial belief in the maturity of faith.

A good source of information regarding this subject (including additional verses) can be found at: www.gotquestions.org/Godhead.html 
*Sourced from the link above.

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