“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts”

I have begun teaching through the Westminster Confession of Faith during our Bible Study hour on Sunday mornings and, presently, I am in the middle of the section entitled, “Of God and the Holy Trinity.” As someone has once said, “If you try to comprehend the doctrine of the Trinity you may lose your mind, and if you deny it you will lose your soul.” It is a challenging doctrine to understand, but we must always remember something that John Calvin has written, “The finite cannot comprehend the infinite.” If we could understand all there was to know about God, would He really be God?

In looking for a good Biblical summary of the doctrine of the Trinity I came across this paragraph in Alan Cairns’, Dictionary of Theological Terms:”

Since there is one God, and since the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, and since these three are clearly distinguished in Scripture, we are left with the glorious truth of the Trinity—one God eternally existing as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, each indwelling the other and each possessing, not in part, but entirely, the infinite essence of the one divine Being. Contemplating such a majestic mystery of revealed truth, we are constrained to cry out with heaven’s seraphim, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of Hosts” (Isa. 6:3). (page 417)

Or, if you prefer, you may always fall back on the historic (4th century) Nicene Creed which spells out so beautifully this Biblical truth:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.

Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe one holy catholic* and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

*catholic: universal, not “Roman Catholic”

While I must admit I do not understand all that there is to understand about this glorious Biblical truth, I am so glad that it does not deter me from falling on my knees and worshiping the Triune God, my Creator and Redeemer.


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