BibleProject explores the trinity of God in one of their video teachings. They explained how God is both one and three at the same time.
Tim Mackie and Jon Collins, founders of the BibleProject, have used their knowledge and skills in media arts to portray the stories of the Bible. Since 2014, they have created videos to reach more people and lead them to a deeper understanding of God.
In one of their video teaching, they explored the complex identity of God as displayed in the Bible storyline.
According to Tim, God could not be fully understood. He said, “But what if we could better understand what it is that we can’t understand?”
God is both one and three at the same time
“Throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, God appears in complicated ways that don’t quite fit our categories,” he explained. And one of His ways is appearing through His attributes.
But most often, God’s attributes appear as separate characters and personified, such as wisdom (Proverbs 1 and 8) and His Word (John 1).
Tim believes that the Biblical authors portray God by personifying His attributes to show His complex identity. “They are God’s attributes and distinct from God.”
He went on to share about the Spirit of God. “The Spirit refers to God’s personal presence and energy that we can interact with here within creation,” Tim shared. The Spirit is distinct from and also God.
Then, he pointed to the character who is called the Son of Man. In the Book of Daniel, we read that a human figure, the Son of Man, gets to sit at the right hand of God’s heavenly throne. “And all humanity worships this human alongside God,” he said.
These three points lead us to Jesus.
The Gospels wrote Jesus as a human whose favorite title is the “Son of Man.” But He was also God as He went around saying and doing things that only God can do.
Tim discussed, “Jesus’ first followers talked about His identity using the language of God’s attributes. They called Jesus, the Glory of God. Or the apostle Paul called Jesus, the Wisdom of God. Or John opens his Gospel calling Jesus the “Word of God.”
Furthermore, Jesus would talk to God as a distinct person. He referred to Him as the Father. And through the Holy Spirit, Jesus experienced the eternal love of the Father.
“Jesus promised that through Him, the Spirit would go out and share the Father’s love with all humanity and with all creation,” Tim said.