Here is a note that I sent to a person that asked me about the Trinity. Others may find it helpful.
You asked about the references to God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit which is referred to as the Trinity. In my explanation of the Trinity, I used water, ice, and condensation (vapor) which are the three physical descriptions of water. The three states are; a (liquid), a solid (ice), and a gas (vapor), yet its chemical composition (substance) never changes in all three forms (two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen—H2O). You must remember that this is only a human way of trying to demonstrate that one physical property can also be three types of physical elements and yet not change its basic fundamental substance make up.
Here is a reference to the Trinity in one verse from the Old Testament in Isaiah:
Isaiah48.16 Draw near to me, hear this: from the beginning I have not spoken in secret, from the time it came to be I have been there.” And now the Lord God has sent me, and his Spirit.
Here the verse says that the Lord God sent me (Jesus), and his spirit (Holy Spirit). The Italics are my emphasis. God is talking about two other persons in this verse besides Himself. The New Testament Scholars refer to the “me” as Jesus Christ since there are prophecies that foretell of a Messiah. The name “Jesus” means “our savior”, and “Christ” means “the Messiah”.
Published on Monday, March 2, 2015 @ 4:41 AM CDT