Does God Exist?
This is a great question that is truly at the heart of everything we do. Max Anders writes:
“In a scientific culture, some are reluctant to believe in a being they cannot see, hear, smell, taste, or touch…It is impossible to generate proof of God’s existence, so we must look for evidence of His existence. While the Bible simply assumes God exists, it also provides excellent evidence [of His existence.]”
If God exists, what is God?
According the Westminster Shorter Catechism, God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth.
For the next three weeks we will be in a series about God called “TRIfecta.” If God exists, if there is a being who created mankind to be in relationship, then we have to know who this God is and what He does. We are going to gain an understanding of the person and work of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. So why spend three weeks talking about God? J.I. Packer writes:
“The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God whom he calls Father.”
The Bible weighs in on this, too:
Hosea 6.6 (ESV) “For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.”
In order for any of this to make sense, we have to know God first.
How do we know God?
One of the ways is we study the Doctrine of the Trinity.
In Christianity, there are sets of teachings called “doctrines.” These are things we, as Christians, believe. There is a doctrine about the Bible (what we believe about it). There is a doctrine of salvation (what we believe about salvation). There is a doctrine of the end times (what we believe about the end times). But perhaps one of the most confusing doctrines is the Doctrine of the Trinity.
“The Bible says distinctly that there is only one true God (Deut. 6.4). But it also seems to say with equal clarity that there was a man, Jesus Christ, who claimed equality with God the Father, and there is someone called the Holy Spirit who is also equal with God the Father. How do you put that together?”
You will not find the word “Trinity” in your Bible. It is a latin word that means “threeness.” And anytime you hear “Trinity” it’s talking about one God in three persons, all of whom are fully God and all of whom are equal. So the Doctrine of the Trinity is the set of teachings we believe about one God in three persons – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Explaining the Trinity is about as hard as this:
But some of the ways you can think about One God in Three Persons is like this:
- Water has three stages (liquid, solid, gas) but each is still water
- I have three distinct roles as a man (Father, Husband, Uncle) but all are me
- An egg has three parts to it (shell, white, yolk) that make it an egg
But even these illustrations do not fully explain this mystery of the Trinity.
So in our series called “TRIfecta,” we’re going to look at the person and work of each person of the Trinity. And those persons are God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – three in one. One God in three distinct and equal persons.
Know this because your understanding of this will drive everything I talk about for the next three weeks. We believe in one God. And in the next post we are going to look at the person and work of God the Father.