The trinity has always been an interesting subject to discuss in Christendom. There are myriads of teachings and explanations on the issue of trinity, and each teaching come from different sects of Christianity. One sect or denomination may say there is nothing like trinity because God is one, and the Son of God never attained the status of God, and also, the Holy Spirit is a mere wind or force; while the most popular view sees God as three in one, that is, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is just like the days of Paul when one will say, I am of Cephas, and others will say they are of Paul or Apollos; whereas, Christ is not divided, (1 Corinthians 1:12-13). However, the best thing is to crosscheck every teaching with the word of God and support it with prayers for revelation in the knowledge of God.
Now, the scripture says that, ‘‘for there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one,’’ (1 John 5:7, NKJV). I believe this scripture is clear enough as a pointer that there are three that bear witness in heaven. In this, we are supposed to know that only living entities bear witness, not non-living entities that have no intelligence. It is mostly agreed upon in Christendom that God is the Father, as there are no common issues with that. Let us now examine the Word as part of the trinity. 1 John 5:7 positioned the Word after the Father, and counted the Word as a witness with the Father. This is true because the first chapter of the gospel of John explained the personality of the Word deeply. Verse one to five says that, the Word of God has been existing from the beginning, and that the Word was with God (Father), and the Word was God, and all things were made by the Word. Fast forward to verse fourteen of the same chapter that says, ‘‘and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.’’ This means that the Word which was with God, and was God in the beginning became flesh, and this flesh (meaning human) is the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. If you read chapter one of John from the beginning to the end, you will understand better, but the point here is that the Word which was God is part of the three witnesses in heaven, and you will agree that the Word was in the form of God.
Let us take a look at the Holy Spirit which is also one of the three witnesses in heaven. As against some views that the Spirit is a mere wind or force of God, the Lord Jesus taught us that the Holy Spirit is called the Helper; ‘‘but the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you,’’ (John 14:26, NKJV). The KJV version of the quoted scripture above referred to the Helper as the ‘‘Comforter.’’ Therefore, it is common sense to know that a wind or force doesn’t teach or help, neither will the Lord say in verse 16 of the same chapter that He will pray the Father to send another Helper after He (Jesus) would have been taken up. This means that the Spirit came to take up the works of Jesus in our lives because Jesus was a Helper to the disciples when He was still around. Furthermore, 2 Corinthians 3:17 revealed the Lord as the Spirit of God, and there is liberty wherever He is.
Now, note that Jesus was in the form of God when He was the Word, and He relinquished the glory when He came as flesh, but He took back the glory when He died and rose up again because of the salvation of the men, (Philippians 2:6-11, John 17:5, Hebrews 1:5-10). And because He became flesh and got the glory of God again, He is the Son of God, therefore, we have the Father, the Son (Word), and the Holy Spirit.
Finally, human beings created in the image of God is more than God having the appearance of man as revealed in Ezekiel 1:26. More explanation about the mystery of how human beings are created in the image of God is that, just as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are one, the body, the soul, and the spirit of man is one. The soul and spirit resides in the body; also, the Father owns the Son (Word) and the Holy Spirit and they are inseparable. The Word is the word of the Father, and the Holy Spirit is the spirit of the Father; therefore just as the soul and spirit of a human being are part of man with the body, the Word and Spirit are part of God who is the Father. This can be affirmed by studying the following scriptures: John 8:42, John 16:27, John 16:28, John 16:30, John 17:8, and John 15:26; these scriptures revealed that Jesus came forth from the Father, that is, He came out of God to manifest. This is same with the Spirit of God that proceeds from the Father also, as revealed in John 15:26. However, if anyone will block his or her ears to the doctrine of the Trinity, it is important for all to believe that there is God, and the Son of God Jesus came to the world to save us from our sins. Amen.