What is God Like?
God is the supreme being, creator and controller of all things: eternal, self-existent, sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent; transcending all his works, yet immanent in them; source of all love, light and life; full of wisdom, justice and truth: one God, yet revealing himself in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The doctrine of the Holy Trinity is implicit in the name of God - Elohim is plural; and explicit in the use of plural pronouns: “let us make man” ... “who will go for us?” In such contexts “us” could only be used of equals. That there is “one” God is repeatedly affirmed in scripture, but this oneness is a composite oneness as is seen in its use in the phrase “They two shall be one flesh”. Scripture affirms that the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. The three persons in the Blessed Holy Trinity though indivisible are not identical Jesus spoke of the Father and the Holy Spirit as distinct from himself and from each other. He said, “I and my Father are one.” May we not also say, “Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one?” They are co-equal, co-eternal, co-extensive; subsisting each for the other; one in purpose, in love, in power, inter-related, interdependent, inseparable.
Scripture references Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29; Genesis 1:26; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Titus 2:13; Acts 53,4; John 10:30; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14.
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