‘In the name of God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.’ These are words we hear at the close of most of our worship services. We hear them at key moments in our lives, at celebrations of birth, baptism, marriage and at the committal used at funeral services. And as we use these words, we are expressing the great truth that as Christians we believe that God is trinity. God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are not baptised in the name of the Great Being, nor of the Prime Mover. We are baptised in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Jesus did not speak about God as one in three, nor as three in one. He did not speak about God as a doctrine. He spoke about a relationship between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. When the Spirit is with us, Jesus is with us, and we are united with the Father. One God. We may try to explain God in other ways, but only this paradox of the trinity succeeds in holding everything together.