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The Holy Trinity

Understanding the Holy Trinity

M Khowitz

on 11 September 2013

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Holy Trinity
A) Dogma: a
truth about faith or morals
, revealed by God, passed on from the Apostles in the Scriptures or by tradition, and
taught by the Church
for the acceptance of the faithful
b) Trinity: the central doctrine (dogma)of the Christian religion — the truth that there is
one God
who has one divine nature and will, but in

God there are
3 persons
- the
Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
who are distinct from each other
Substance: could also mean nature or essence
Hypostasis: that which lies beneath as basis or foundation; could also mean person
C) Mystery: revealed truths that we
fully understand;
but it does not mean that we cannot know anything about it- we can always grow in our understanding
D) THE BIBLICAL BASIS of the Holy Trinity

"Then Jesus approached and said to them, 'All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name
of the
, and of
the Son
, and of the
Holy Spirit
, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.'” (Matthew 28:17-20)
Let's look at. . .
(The First Council of Nicea)
The Trinity is
. We do not confess three Gods, but one God in three persons, the "consubstantial Trinity". Each divine person isn't 1/3 of God
but each of them is God whole and entire
Stop! Read 24-29 in the Baltimore Catechism
F) The divine persons are
really distinct from one another.
"God is one in nature and will but is 3 persons." "Father", "Son", "Holy Spirit" are really distinct from one another.
Stop! Read Catechism #30

"It is the Father who begets, the Son and the Holy Spirit who comes from the love between the Son and the Father."
What does beget mean? How is beget different from make?
We Believe in One God

Let's take a closer look at each person of the God Head.
“I pray that they may all be one. Father! May they be in us, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they be one, so that the world may believe that you sent me. I gave the same glory you gave me, so that they may be one, just as you and I are one. I in them and you in me, so that they may be completely one, in order that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them as you loved me.” (John 17:21-23)
G) Some common analogies to help us better understand the Trinity
The 3 leaf clover
3 parts of fire: flame,
light, heat

Andrei Rublev's Icon of the Blessed Trinity
Can you guess which angel represents which Godhead?
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