We as Christians rightly recognize that the Trinity—God being three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and yet One, is a great mystery, but is the notion of multiplicity and oneness a concept that is foreign from our experience? Take for example human beings who are made in the image of God. All will concede that man is at least a dichotomy, i.e. consisting of two parts—soul and body and yet is one. Some, like myself, believe that man is a trichotomy. Take for instance the Shema that is recorded in Deuteronomy 6:4, 5: “Hear, O Israel: Yahweh our God, Yahweh is one. You shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” It is almost as if Moses is writing, “Just as Yahweh is three and yet one, you who are also three must be one by loving God with all your being.” Also consider the Creation account in Genesis 1. Each act of Creation by Yahweh begins with “And God said,” and it happened. The only deviance from this pattern is when God creates man. There he says, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Gen. 1:26). Thus, it is quite clear that man is created in the image of the Triune God. Just some quick thoughts.
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