by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

How Can God Exist in Three Persons?
Dr. J. Vernon McGee

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD.

(Deuteronomy 6:4) Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the great English poet, in a conversation with Robert Browning remarked, ''I read all your poetry, but nine-tenths of it I do not understand.'' Robert Browning answered him by saying, ''Sir, a person of your caliber ought to be satisfied if he understands one-tenth.''

Well, I have spent over a quarter of a century in a serious study of the Word of God, and I confess to my appalling ignorance in certain areas, especially in the subject of the Trinity. If you could have met me the year I graduated from seminary, you would have heard me give absolute answers to all of your questions. But I am unable to do that today. In fact, I would be content if I understood one-tenth of the great truth concerning our triune God.

I assure you that with all of my heart I believe in the Trinity.

I revel and rejoice in it, believing that it is not only a great truth but also one of the unique truths of the Christian faith. But I confess that I find it to be an enigmatic mystery, an inscrutable riddle. I find that it is complicated, complex, bewildering, and impossible to explain.

One reason for this is that the Trinity is not geared to this mechanical age. Tensions and pressures hurry us through life. A cartoonist has pictured a man sitting in a one-counter restaurant, giving his order to the waitress. He is saying, ''I have to be at work in twenty-three minutes. I want one-minute oatmeal, three-minute eggs, two-minute bacon, forty-five second toast, and instant coffee.''

An age that goes at a pace like that is not an age that will know very much about the Trinity. The Trinity cannot be explained in just a few moments. It is doubtful if it can ever be satisfactorily explained, yet we need to study it carefully.

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