I grew up Catholic so some of what I share will be influenced by my Catholic faith (just giving you a heads up). Now as Catholics we believe in the Holy Trinity— God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
Let’s start at the beginning. We all know God the Father, but just to refresh our pit of knowledge let’s go back to Exodus 3:14 when God himself calls Moses to the burning bush and reveals himself to him. He says, “I Am who I Am.” This is what you must say to them: “The one who is called ‘I AM’ has sent me to you.”
Fast forward to John 3:16, that verse we all loved to recite as children. It says, “For God loved the world so much, that he gave his only Son, that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.”
Now here, we meet Jesus as the Son of God, but in John 13:19 Jesus, speaking to his disciples when he reveals that one of them (Judas Iscariot) will betray him says, “I tell you this now before it happens, so that when it does happen, you will believe that ‘I AM who I AM’.
Later on, Judas Iscariot did betray Jesus to the cross and so we know that what Jesus told his disciples was true. The same way God introduces himself to Moses is the same way Jesus reveals himself to his disciples, therefore telling us that God and Jesus are one.
In John 14:11 Jesus further says, “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. If not, believe because of the things I do.” By ‘the things I do’, Jesus may have been referring to the miracles he had performed— healing the sick, raising the dead, walking on water, calming a storm and much more.
John 14:16-20 “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper who will stay with you forever. He is the Spirit who reveals the truth about God. The world cannot receive him because it cannot see him or know him. But you know him because he remains with you and is in you. When I go, you will not be left alone; I will come back to you. In a little while the world will see me no more, but you will see me; and because I live, you also will live. When that day comes you will know that I am in my Father and that you are in me, just as I am in you.”
Here, Jesus had told his disciples that he would soon be leaving and was promising them a Helper, the Holy Spirit. He assures his disciples that he will only be gone a short while, but will return in a form that the world cannot see, in the form of the Holy Spirit. He further assures them that the Holy Spirit is in them, just as he is in them. Earlier we had seen Jesus telling the Disciples that he is in the Father, just as the Father is in him.
Ok, let’s take that one again. The Father is in Jesus and Jesus is in the Father. Jesus is in us, just as the Holy Spirit is in us. Therefore, we have the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in us.
So we have clarity now, that we are all one. Here we also learn that Jesus is our Helper.
Let’s take a detour back to the beginning.
John 1: 1-5 In the beginning the Word already existed; the Word was with God and the Word was God. From the very beginning the Word was with God. Through him God made all things; not one thing in all creation was made without him.
The word was the source of life, and this life brought light to humanity. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.
Verse 14 — The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father’s only son.
Verse 18— No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is the same as God and is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
From these verses we learn two things: the Word is God, and God is the word. The word is also the source of life and the light of life. Also, the Word became a human being, Jesus— the Father’s only son. Therefore:
God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) = The Helper, the Word, the Source of life and the Light of life.0