Some people have a hard time understanding the nature of God as it pertains to the Trinity. The concept of something, or in this case someone, existing as three separate entities yet they are one can be a barrier for some to overcome. Is it possible for God to exist in three different forms; Father, Son and Holy Spirit? Of course! God is able to do anything - that is why he is God. We believe in this through Faith, but I believe that God has shown the beauty of his existance in the physical world and by observing that beauty, it gives us further proof of his marvelous existance. How do I see the trinity in the natural world? The number three is found throughout creation and the universe. For example, the universe is made up of time, space and matter. Time is made up of Past, Present and Future. Space contains height, width and depth. Too abstract? How about something a little more tangible.
Water was a common theme in the teachings of Jesus. Water exists in three different states simultaniously. It exists as vapor, invisible and ever present in everything. It is a solid, such as ice, maleable and physical. It is a liquid, flowing over land and into oceans, it can be anywhere and yet also be absent in places (such as a desert). Three different aspects of the same thing. If we can accept that water is able to exist in such a manner, why is it so hard for people to accept that God does so as well? When you apply the water principle to God, it makes total sense:
Vapor - God the Father. He is everywhere and in everything, always present but not seen.
Solid - Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The human aspect of God, sent down to establish a physical connection with all of us.
Water - The Holy Spirit. It may be found anywhere where the believer is, flowing in and out, but to those who do not believe it is absent (until they accept Jesus and believe and then living water will flow for them as well).
John 4: 7-14 "When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?" His disciples had gone into the town to buy food. The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." "Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?" Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
John 7:37-39 "On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified."
The next time you share to good news on a hot day (like today) and someone tells you that they can not accept the concept of the Trinity, go and get a glass of ice water for you and your friend. Pour some water on the hot pavement and watch it evaporate. Take an ice cube and set it not too far from the puddle and watch it melt. Ask them to explain what is happening to the puddle and to the ice cube. Once they concede that it has changed into vapor and liquid, share how the three exist and yet are the same. Tell them how Jesus and the Holy Spirit are so refreshing to you as a believer in a world of sin, then drain your glass and smile because you know that they are in you.
I thank the Lord we are saved by Grace and not by works, that he is in us, around us, and that he is returning - solid as the rock on which he founded his church. Praise the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.