Our God is one but is manifested in three separate but co-equal persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7).
The Father is not the Son, nor is He the Holy Spirit. Each person of the Trinity is separate, rather than a single God who morphs from being the Father, and then switches to become the Son or the Spirit. (See: Modalism / Sabellianism Heresy)
Preexistence of Jesus
Jesus existed prior to leaving His position where He emptied Himself and made Himself positionally subservient to the Father to become the Son.
Each person of the Trinity has a separate function or “role” but they are of one mind, of one purpose and have all co-existed since the beginning of the world.
- Father: “Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?” – Malachi 2:10 ESV
- Jesus: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made” – John 1:1-3 ESV “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14 ESV
- Holy Spirit: “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” – Genesis 1:2 ESV
The Trinity In Scripture
While the word “Trinity” isn’t in scripture, we can see the three separate person of the triune Godhead: God the Father (a voice from Heaven,) God the Son (Jesus, in the river,) and God the Holy Spirit (descending upon Jesus) at the Baptism of Jesus:
“And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” – Matthew 3:16-17 ESV
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