“As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matthew 3.16-17 NIV).
In these two verses found in Matthew, we find a beautiful image of God the Son, God the Holy Spirit and God the Creator – the Trinity. Like a man who can be a father, son and counselor during his day, God interacts with His Children in these three special ways. God is our Creator, our Savior and our Counselor. Many times we may want to use the three Persons of God interchangeably, but as we mature in our faith, we will find that each Head of the Trinity responds to us uniquely. God is our Creator. He designed us each with a purpose. He has a special plan for our lives, and we can come to Him with our questions, desires and troubles. Jesus is our Savior. He is the Godhead that chose to wear flesh and walk this earth with us. He took our sins, so He knows our struggles, and He prays for us continually before our Holy God. The Holy Spirit is able to dwell on this earth and in our lives because Jesus died for our sins and gave us His righteousness. The Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit among us, guiding us, encouraging us and showing us the way. God desires so much to be a part of our lives that He chose to create three embodiments of His Person, so that no matter where we turn, He is there with us. He is Emmanuel, God with us and all around us.
“If there be one God subsisting in three persons, then let us give equal reverence to all the persons in the Trinity. There is not more or less in the Trinity; the Father is not more God than the Son and Holy Ghost. There is an order in the Godhead, but no degrees; one person has not a majority or super eminence above another, therefore we must give equal worship to all the persons.” – Thomas Watson