In my article "The Word Was God," I discussed who is the "Word" as referenced in John 1:1, 14. We found out that the Word is God's thoughts and those thoughts became the flesh of Jesus. Now, we are going to look at the confusion of the Trinity and the simplicity of the wording used to describe the relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
One of the most debated theologies in religions today is the doctrine of the Trinity. There are many reasons for the debate, but suffice to say, the glaring problem with that teaching is the concept of three persons that are independent, co-equal and yet somehow are all one God. The major concern is that scripture itself doesn't teach anything about three persons in a Trinity.
The concept is a mis-interpretation of the wording that takes place between the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. They take the interaction to mean that there must be three separate persons. They are taking the three interactions literally as three persons. The error is in dividing God up into three Gods, when in fact it's just many roles of the one-and-the-same Spirit of God.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
Before I get into the roles of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, we have to make some points first.
THE ROLES AND RELATIONSHIPS OF GOD
As we look into the Oneness of God, the greatest revelation you will receive is the understanding of who God is and how He operates! And to get this revelation, it has to be shown to you by God just like it was revealed to Peter, John & Paul. And that revelation will include how the Father, Son and Holy Ghost operate as one being towards us.
To help you understand this revelation, you will have to see how the Father, Son and Holy Ghost is manifested to us by God Himself. God speaks to us in terms that helps us understand who He is and he chose to speak to us in a Father, Son and Holy Ghost roles and relationships.
THE FATHER (of Creation)
Remember in an earlier study, we pointed out that God did not refer to Himself as a Father in the Old Testament. God became a Father when He beget Jesus Christ. The Spirit of God is the Father of Creation, the Father of the flesh of Jesus and the Father of those who are born again.
When you read in the New Testament that God the Father is speaking, spoken to, or referenced, you have to keep in mind that all interactions with the Father are with the One divine Spirit of God.
THE SON (in Redemption)
Since we have already proved that Jesus (as The WORD) was with God in the beginning, because in God's mind he was planning on revealing himself as Jesus; we have to really see the distinction between the plan of Jesus existing in God's mind and the actual birth (begetting) of the Son of God. When Jesus was physically born, he became a "Son of God" and therefore took on him a form of a servant, made in the likeness of man.
Jesus, as a Son, was truly a real human being. And his role was to die and save mankind from sin. However, the relationship was a dynamic dual nature. Fused together was the fullness of God's Spirit inside him and his human nature. Jesus was God manifested in the flesh... His flesh wasn't God; God dwelt inside of that flesh. So, with that union, two roles and two relationships interacted within the man Christ Jesus. The Spirit of God that dwelt in Him was the Father, and of course Jesus was the Son, doing the Spirit of God's will.
That is why in the New Testament, people get confused by the conversation between God the Father and Jesus the Son. And that is why people think there are two Gods. When in actuality you have the Divine Spirit of God talking with the Son (human side) and visa-versa. That is why we read Jesus praying to the Father. The flesh (Son) had to pray to the Spirit (Father). It is really that simple!
THE HOLY GHOST (in Regeneration and Administration)
Now, since we already proved that the Spirit of God and the Holy Ghost is the one-and-the-same God, now we have to see what role and what relationship does the Holy Ghost play in the gospels.
2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
The "Spirit of God" and "Holy Ghost" (seeing they are the same) is not new to the New Testament. God often times spake to men in dreams, visions, through angels or directly to men. God would often move on or through men to accomplish His will. The Holy Ghost is not another God, but THE GOD!
Here are some various ways God moved in the lives of people...
The Holy Ghost, which is God, moved in people’s lives in many ways. You would consider the relationship of the Holy Ghost as a Comforter, Leads into all truth, gives power to a believer and cleanses a person through the sanctification process.
On the day of Pentecost, believers were filled with the Spirit of God. You could look at the Holy Ghost as God giving a part of himself to us and in us when we are filled with the Holy Ghost. We receive a part of that one-and-the-same Spirit of God when we are born of the Spirit!
Take a look at these scriptures and you will see the relationship of the Father (Spirit), Son (Flesh) and Holy Ghost (Comforter - Spirit). You will see the dual nature of Christ, not two Gods. One God, One Flesh = Jesus is both God and Man!!
Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
John 14:16-18 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; (17) Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. (18) I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Joh 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
When you understand that there is only ONE Spirit of God that manifests Himself in many ways, it is very easy to see the roles and relationships between the Father, Son & Holy Ghost. It isn't three persons speaking to each other, it is a Father, who beget a Son, who died and the Holy Ghost works with, and in mankind to perfect a person.
If you were really to boil this down to numbers (according to trinitarian concept), There is ONLY God (which is the Holy Ghost) and a Son (which is Jesus)... so where are there 3 independent, co-equals God's??