In the changing states of water, we can see three different forms: Liquid (Water), Solid (Ice), and Gas (Vapor). Even though they exist in the three different forms according to the temperature, actually they are the same in substance, that is, H2O.
It is the same with the Trinity. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit have worked in three different forms in three different ages. In fact, however, they are the same and one God. Therefore, we can define the basic concept of the trinity like this:
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are not different, but one and the same God. A theological term for this is the “Trinity.”From the video sermon, “The Trinity”
God the Father and God the Son
Let us first think about God the Father Jehovah and God the Son Jesus. According to the prophecies of the bible, Jesus was God the Father Jehovah who appeared as man in the flesh. In the Book of Isaiah, God prophesied His appearance as man in the flesh (Isaiah 9:6). And the prophecy was fulfilled by Jesus by coming as son. (Luke 1:31)
Therefore, the disciples of Jesus Christ boldly proclaimed that Jesus was God the Father Jehovah himself. They argued that Jesus was God himself even though he appeared in the form of man. (Philippians 2:5, Romans 9:5) Paul said, “Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, forever praised! Amen”.
We can confirm this through the creation work. According to the book of Isaiah, God the Creator is God the Father Jehovah. He was the one who created all things. (Isaiah 44:24) However, Paul testifies that it is Jesus God the Son who created all things. (Colossians 1:15) Through this we can understand that God the Father Jehovah and God the Son Jesus are actually one and same just as water and ice are one and same.
God the Father and God the Holy Spirit
Who knows all the secrets and deep things of man hidden deep down in the heart? It is only the man himself. No one else knows the hidden secrets of the man just like the saying, “We can search the water as deep as 10 meters, but we cannot fathom the heart of man even though it is only 10 inch deep”. The one who can search the deep things of a man is the man himself and his spirit. In the same way, the bible says the Spirit of God search even the deep things of God.
1 Corinthians 2:10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit (or the Holy Spirit) searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God (or the Holy Spirit).
Therefore, we can say that God the Father and God the Holy Spirit are the same as the water and vapor are the same.
God the Son and God the Holy Spirit
Parakletos or Counselor (Advocate)
Finally, let us think about God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. To understand this, first let us study about a Greek word, “parakletos or παράκλητος”. “Parakletos” is usually translated as “Counselor” or “Advocate” in the bible.
Dictionary defines “parakletos” like this:
summoned, called to one’s side, esp. called to one’s aid; one who pleads another’s cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant, an advocate
one who pleads another’s cause with one, an intercessor; of Christ in his exaltation at God’s right hand, pleading with God the Father for the pardon of our sinsThe NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon
In this sense, a parakletos is the one who was called or summoned to plead and intercede for us. And through the intercession of the parakletos, our sins can be pardoned by God.
Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ as Parakletos
And the bible says we have two entities who can work as parakletos for our sins, that is, God the Son Jesus and God the Holy Spirit. (1 John 2:1, John 14:26) In the epistle, John testifies that God the Son Jesus is the Advocate or Parakletos who plead for us in our stead to God so that we can be forgiven of our sins. However, in the Gospel of John, Jesus prophesies that the Holy Spirit would come as Counselor or “Parakletos”.
Then do we have two different Counselors or Parakletos? No, it cannot be. According to the bible, the only Counselor who intercedes for our sins is Jesus Christ himself. (Romans 8:34)
Hebrews 7:23 Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; 24 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
Through this we can understand the Holy Spirit who would appear to us as Parakletos is God the Son Jesus who would come again for the second time as Parakletos. Therefore, we can say that God the Son Jesus and God the Holy Spirit are one and same according to the prophecies of the bible as in vapor and ice in the changing states of water.
Through all these things we can clearly see the true meaning of the Trinity. Water can exist in three different states according to the temperature without any change in its essential substance. Likewise, God works in different forms, names, and places to complete the 6000 years of the salvation work. Once he worked as Father Jehovah sending his prophets to his people. 2000 years ago, God himself came as prophet, king, and high priest for the salvation of his people in the name of Jesus.
Now in our time, to fulfill the prophecies of the bible, God himself came again in the name of Christ Ahnsahnghong to complete the 6000 years of the salvation work. Even though he appeared as man in the flesh from the east in the land of Korea, we have to understand that he is none other than God himself who is testified in the bible.