God here to love you, for you to know Him

Print Article

A central belief of the Christian faith is that there is only one God who exists eternally as Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit. As historically understood, the triune God is somewhat mysterious.

The Father is neither the Son nor the Holy Spirit. The Son is not the Father or the Holy Spirit. And, of course, the Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son. Yet together they are the one true God, the creator of the universe and all living things in it. Further, God is eternal, without beginning or end.

Moreover, God is personal. He (the usual biblical pronoun for God) has created humanity with the same basic components of personality as he has and he desires a personal relationship with each of us. The nature of the Trinity is not addressed systematically in Scripture. However, historic Christian teaching about the Trinity is usually considered consistent with the Bible’s message concerning the nature of God.

Jesus’ testimony in the Gospels is that he understood God’s nature and adequately revealed God to us. Apart from Jesus, no one I know of has even implicitly claimed complete understanding of the triune nature of God. I have both met and read of people who rejected the Trinitarian nature of God largely because they thought it incomprehensible. But consider this. A God you can understand with no ambiguity is less complex than you are. The God of the Bible is not that small. Still, you can know him. And he is willing and able to meet your needs.

Dan York is pastor at Dover Community Church.

Print Article

Read More Columns

Serving others good for all

May 18, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee Have you ever damaged an arm, a leg, a hip or a shoulder? After it was repaired, was it immediately as “good as new,” or did you have to work hard to get it back into good shape? Yes, hard work was i...

Comments

Read More

Bzzt, bzzt, bzzt … look up and enjoy the real world

May 18, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee Ping. Bzzt, bzzt, bzzt. Ploop. Brbbpt. These are onomatopoeia, the made-up words we use to describe sounds. Alerts and notifications emitting from our phones and other electronic devices constantly c...

Comments

Read More

Pasta is incomparable for infinite presentations

May 18, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee For years I have praised the versatile charms of pasta: In its many forms — from rice-like orzo, through small-to-large shells, wheels, bowties, macaroni, twists and stretched-out noodles, spaghett...

Comments

Read More

Let’s get together

May 18, 2018 at 5:00 am | Bonner County Daily Bee Life, as defined by God, happens when we live together in unity. Think about what heaven is like. When Jesus prayed to the Father in John 17, His desire that we become one was very clear. Psalm 1...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 263-9534
PO Box 159
Sandpoint, ID 83864

©2018 Bonner County Daily Bee Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X