Does God Act as One or Three?

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God is one yet also three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. How does that work? Do they all just cooperate really well together? Or is it something completely different? Matthew Barrett joins Gary Wilkerson to discuss the importance of understanding the unity and inseparability of the Trinity.

Key Points from the Podcast

  • The Father, Son and Spirit are of one divine essence and thus operate inseparably.

  • We cannot impose our human sense of unity — working and cooperating well with one another — on the unity of the Trinity. The triune unity is so much more than what we experience as created beings.

  • The Trinity has been from all eternity: the Father, the begotten Son, and the Spirit who proceeds from the Father and Son.

  • Our understanding, or theology, of the Trinity will inform how we worship, pray, endure trials, and live our Christian life.

Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

1 Corinthians 2:10; Deuteronomy 6:4; John 5:1–24; Ephesians 2–14; Matthew 28:20; John 14:26

Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

More podcast episodes on the Trinity

About Matthew Barrett

Matthew Barrett is Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine. He is the author of several books, including None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God; God's Word Alone; Canon, Covenant and Christology; 40 Questions About Salvation; Salvation by Grace; Owen on the Christian Life; Reformation Theology; and The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls. He is the series editor of The 5 Solas Series with Zondervan. He is also the host of the Credo Podcast where he talks theology with the best theologians today about the most important doctrines of the Christian faith.


About Gary Wilkerson

Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

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