The Baptist Catechism: Q. 9 (The Trinity)

Q. 9: How many persons are there in the Godhead?
Answer: There are three persons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one God, the same in essence, equal in power and glory.
Scripture: Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14

Comment: The doctrine of the Trinity—one God in three distinct, co-equal, and co-eternal Persons—is an essential doctrine of the Christian faith.  In fact, the Christian faith and life is Trinitarian through and through.  It is difficult to think of one area of Christianity that is not Trinitarian in some regards.  For instance, the scope of redemption is Trinitarian (Eph. 1:3-14; 1 Pet. 1:1-2).  The work of Creation is Trinitarian (Gen. 1:2; Ps. 33:6; Jn. 1:3).  The resurrection of Christ is Trinitarian (Rom. 1:4).  Baptism is Trinitarian (Matt. 28:19).  The kingdom is Trinitarian (Rom. 14:17-18; Eph. 5:5).  Worship is Trinitarian (Jn. 4:24; Phil. 3:3).  Prayer is Trinitarian (Jn. 16:23-24; Rom. 8:26-27).  The scope of the Christian life is Trinitarian (2 Cor. 13:14; Jude vv. 20-21).  We could go on and on.  Everywhere we look we see Father, Son, and Holy Spirit manifesting, at the same time, their co-equality and distinct roles in these various ways.  The more we understand the doctrine of the Trinity and its implications for our faith and life, the more invigorating we will become in our devotion and service in the various aspects of the Christian life.  Let the Trinity inform your faith and life.


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