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The Trinity God
The Old Time Gospel belives that God is One in Three persons, The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost) based upon what God has revealed about Himself in scripture. "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" Matthew 28:19. (See also I John 5:7)
Matthew 3:16-17 records that, "Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." also in the books of Mark 1:10-11, Luke 3:21-22, and John 1:32-34.
Three Persons, But One God by Thomas Watson
Our narrow thoughts can no more comprehend the Trinity in Unity, than a nut-shell will hold all the water in the sea. Let me shadow it out by a similitude. In the body of the sun, there are the substance of the sun, the beams, and the heat; the beams are begotten of the sun, the heat proceeds both from the sun and the beams; but these three, though different, are not divided; they all three make but one sun: so in the blessed Trinity, the Son is begotten of the Father, the Holy Ghost proceeds from both; yet though they are three distinct persons, they are but one God.
God in Three Persons
There is only one God; but He consists of three distinct persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The word trinity is not found in Scripture. It is a word used by Christians to express the doctrine of the unity of God as consisting of three distinct Persons. This word is derived from the Greek word trias, first used by Theophilus (A.D. 168-183), or from the Latin trinitas, first used by Tertullian (A.D. 220), to express this doctrine.
The Triune Godhead - A Biblical Perspective
Since the Word of God is the only source of true knowledge, it behooves us to look here first when searching for answers. Much debate among men over trivia matters or of that which is best answered through prayer. Let God speak for Himself, and by prayer, let God's Holy Spirit speak truth to our heart in accordance with His Holy Word.
An Unpublished Essay on the Trinity by Jonathan Edwards
It is common when speaking of the Divine happiness to say that God is infinitely happy in the enjoyment of Himself, in perfectly beholding and infinitely loving, and rejoicing in, His own essence and perfection, and accordingly it must be supposed that God perpetually and eternally has a most perfect idea of Himself, as it were an exact image and representation of Himself ever before Him and in actual view, and from hence arises a most pure and perfect act or energy in the Godhead, which is the Divine love, complacence and joy.
God the Father
Names of God Source Unknown
The different names of God reveal something about God's character or actions. Often they sum up the meaning of given period of God's History. These names are not names that man has given to God but rather names given by God to Himself. Sometimes God's attributes are added to his name to reveal God's character as in ‘the Holy One of Israel.’
GOD — His Nature And Relation To The Universe by A. A. Hodge
THREE questions obviously lie at the foundation, not only of all man's religious knowledge, but of every possible form of knowledge: One, Is there a God? Two, What is God? And three, What is God's relation to the universe? And if he does sustain a relation to the universe which is in any degree intelligible to us, a fourth question emerges: Four, What is the sphere, nature, and extent of his providential action upon or in reference to his creatures?
God the Son
All Things in Christ by T. Austin-Sparks
The Holy Spirit's way is to take Christ and open up Christ, to the heart, and show that Christ is a heavenly order; not that the Epistles set forth as a manual a heavenly order, but that Christ is that order, and everything in the matter of order has to be kept immediately in relation to the living Person.
How Could Jesus Be Both Divine and Human? by R. C. Sproul
One of the great crises in evangelical Christianity today is a lack of understanding about the person of Christ. Almost every time I watch Christian television I hear one of the classical creeds of the Christian faith being denied blatantly, unknowingly, unwittingly. And of course, part of the reason is that it is so difficult for us to understand how one person can have two natures.
Titles of the Risen Lord by T. Austin-Sparks
Now a witness is the embodiment of the truth - if he is a true witness. If he has the right to be called a witness, he himself should be the very embodiment of the truth. Jesus was THAT! Jesus as the faithful Witness was a, we may say THE, faithful Representation of God's Mind concerning man.
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is like the Wind by Unknown Author
Wind is moving air, and this fresh air is needed continually for life itself. Even seeds often require wind for their dispersal and subsequent growth. Similarly, the Holy Spirit is the presence of God, the source for all life. Wind has no material shape or form. It is invisible; we cannot see the source or the destination of wind. It is a mysterious, unseen force. Nevertheless, its presence is known by its effects.
The Personality of the Holy Spirit by R. A. Torrey
Before one can correctly understand the work of the Holy Spirit, he must first of all know the Spirit himself. A frequent source of error and fanaticism about the work of the Holy Spirit is the attempt to study and understand His work without, first of all, coming to know Him as a person.
The Holy Spirit: Old Testament and Today by R. C. Sproul
We also know that the Spirit was very active charismatically; that is, by gifting certain people in the Old Testament and equipping them for specific tasks. For example, the king of Israel was anointed with oil, symbolizing his being anointed by the Holy Spirit to be empowered to carry out his vocation in a godly way.