3-in-1: Three parts to one individual being or person
– this is the real Biblical Trinity concept.
The Beauty of the Real Biblical Trinity
Simply put, we are made in God’s likeness. When we understand the real Biblical concept of the Trinity we come closer to understanding ourselves and God.
If you take a flashlight and shine it through your hand, what do you see? Flesh, bones, blood vessels. Ask yourself this question: Is that me? Is that all of me? You may answer: yes, it’s a part of me but it’s not all of me. If your hand is cut off do you cease to exist? No, because it was only a part of your body – you continue to live on. But ask this question again: Is that all of me? You know that your hand is not who you are – your personality, your mind, your character – that there is more to you than what you can see in your body.
The study of the inner-self from the Bible can be get confusing at times. There are Greek (NT) and Hebrew (OT) lines of thought that differ and the translation of the same word can have conflicting definitions or forms. I encourage you to be patient and try to understand the real Biblical Trinity because it truly reveals a lot about who God is and who we are also. It may be more helpful to learn from what the Bible reveals about God’s and our different parts and draw conclusions from our similarities to God’s Tri-Unity nature than from Greek and Hebrew word studies alone. Follow with me in this Biblical Trinity Overview, discovering clues from the Bible as I hope the picture of God and our own Tri-Unity nature becomes clearer.
Genesis 1:26: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”
In Matthew 28:19, Jesus (Y’shua) said: “Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” [this verse, as it is written here, shows up in all the oldest Aramaic and Greek manuscripts]
THE FIRST and GREATEST COMMANDMENT
Matthew 22:36-38 “Master, which is the greatest commandment in the law (Torah)? Jesus said unto him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.’”
First, do not be confused about the term “soul.” The Soul means a living body. Genesis 2:7 defines the Soul as a living or breathing creature after the spirit enters the flesh or body, so the Soul is a combination of our spirit and body.
Similar to an astronaut’s space suit, your Body contains who you really are but is only an environmental suit so that you can experience, live, and work in space.
The word “spirit”[H7307] in the Old Testament is generally defined as wind or breath from a rational being and is sometimes translated as “mind” meaning intellect. Paul gives us an interesting clue in Ephesians 4:23: “be renewed in the spirit of your mind.”
As our body is controlled by our mind, our mind carries out our will. It appears that the order of authority in God is the following:
God, the Father
Invisible True Self of God:
Center/Core, Heart, Mind, Will, Passion, Emotions, Character, Personality
Is integrated into and connects the two sides of a person,
the invisible and the physical.
It controls the body of God (the Messiah and church).
The Body: The Physical, Action, or Doing Part of God
We are members of the body of Jesus (Y’shua),
controlled by the Holy Spirit.
In Romans 12:5, Paul states: “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”
In 1 Corinthians 11:3 (ESV), Paul writes: “But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.”
As you may start to see, and now connect the dots, there are a lot of similarities between God and the way he designed us. God’s Body, like our physical body, is made up of individual cells, each cell having a purpose, each cell having a foundational set of instructions or design (Torah). Each cell must also remain linked or connected to our brain (our head – Jesus/Y’shua) through our nervous system to receive instructions (Holy Spirit) or the cell atrophies (becomes unused and weak) then dies. Each cell must also accept its nourishment, its needs, from only the Body (Jesus/Y’shua and other disciples) or it becomes starved and dies. Often outside sources (infections) attempt to invade the cell, giving it alternative instructions to manipulate, control, and kill it. Outside sources (infections) fool the cell into accepting it by mimicking (acting and looking like) the Body’s genuine nourishment. This is why our source of truth can only be the Torah, the Scripture, and God’s Holy Spirit and can never be any man-made teaching unless it specifically points us back to these main sources.
The Holy Spirit is within us BECAUSE we accept and have faith in Jesus (Y’shua). Why? Because now we are a member of the Body of God (Jesus/Y’shua), the Physical, Action, or Doing Part of God. The Heart, Will (God, the Father) through the Holy Spirit controls God’s Body (Jesus/Y’shua – which now includes us). Read more on the Body in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27.
Just as Jesus (Y’shua) through God’s Spirit obeyed Torah and carried out whatever God the Father instructed him to do, now we too do the same. As James states in James 2:26: “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” It is God’s Holy Spirit inside of us, that God gives us eternally [John 14:16,26], that makes us alive eternally alive because we now are a member of God’s Body (Jesus/Y’shua). IF we choose to be lazy, to not act upon (disobedience) the commands given to us by God’s Laws and commands in the Bible, then how can we remain a legitimate part of God’s Body (Jesus/Y’shua) any longer? In fact, when we choose our own purpose, will, and goals then we become a cancer, which works against the Body, and God the Father will cut us out to preserve the rest of his Body. This is a similar argument to what Jesus makes in John Chapter 15, that he is “the vine” and we are “the branches.” That God the Father is gardener that maintains the health of the vine (Jesus/Y’shua) by cutting off (pruning) non-believing, non-productive, and unfruitful (dead) branches AND also adds new believing branches to the vine (called grafting in). Remember, if you are not growing and producing Godly fruit, then you are dead.
Being Perfectly Complete
Just as God has three parts to himself and is one being or person, we too have three parts and are one person. I believe the Scriptures below reveal that God wants us to be unified, in balance, or in harmony with ourselves just as he is. Meaning that we are complete or perfect if we join our three parts together – our Heart (Will/Mind), Spirit, and Body – under God’s one heart and one way. Jeremiah 32:39, from the New Covenant: “And I will give them one heart, and one way…”
In Matthew 5:48, Jesus (Y’shua) commands us to:
“Be you therefore perfect[G5046], even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect[G5046].”
Let’s explore the Greek word used for ‘perfect’ to learn more. It is the Greek word ‘teleios’ Strong’s Ref: #G5046 which means: complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.)
In Luke 6:40, Jesus (Y’shua) said: “The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect[G2675] shall be as his master.”
Strong’s Ref: #G2675 means: to perfectly join together
to complete thoroughly, that is, repair (literally or figuratively) or adjust: – fit, frame, mend, (make) perfect (-ly join together), prepare, restore.
In John 17:23, talking about his disciples, Jesus (Y’shua) hoped that they would “… be made perfect (complete) in one …”
Colossians 3:9-10 (ESV), Paul states: “… seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.”
In Romans 12:2, Paul says: “And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
And in 2nd Corinthians 10:4-6, Paul states: “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”