There is only one living and true God. Anywhere. Ever. He is personal and immanent even as he is transcendent and infinite. Without beginning or end, God was not created, but he is the creator of the universe. He is without equal, and he knows everything there is to know with total perfection.
This single and eternal God reveals himself to us in three distinct personalities as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They are in perfect unity even as they retain distinct personal attributes, and are without division of nature, substance, essence, or being. The members of the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) are not made of similar “substance” as one another; they are unified as of one and the same, remaining both independent and cohesive.
This is one of several Christian paradoxes that believers are asked to trust in. While we may have difficulty in conceiving of analogies to the Trinity, we can rest in humility that comes with our limited knowledge of God. While the word “Trinity” is found nowhere in the biblical text, the idea of this Triune God is clearly indicated throughout the Bible. He is not like other gods, which are not gods at all, but is the one and only God and the central character in the Bible who goes at great lengths to win the hearts, minds and spirits of humanity and to restore all of creation.
For friends who question my use of male personal pronouns here, please know that your questions are valid. I do not believe that God is technically male. Right or wrong, I use the gendered, masculine personal pronoun because it is what I am most comfortable with, and “it” just doesn’t seem appropriate. That being said, I have no problem referring to the divine with feminine adjectives and pronouns when appropriate. Since our human language is so limited and incomplete regardless of which personal pronoun we use, “She” is as technically accurate and simultaneously insufficient as is the pronoun, “He.” For a fuller discussion on this particular issue, I ask readers to check out my post: “Is God Male.” As always, thanks for reading me.