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Understanding the Trinity

"The Trinity is One. We do not confess three Gods, but one God in three persons, the 'consubstantial Trinity'. The divine persons do not share the one divinity among themselves but each of them is God whole and entire: 'The Father is that which the Son is, the Son that which the Father is, the Father and the Son that which the Holy Spirit is, i.e. by nature one God.' In the words of the Fourth Lateran Council (1215), 'Each of the persons is that supreme reality, viz., the divine substance, essence or nature.'" (253)

In Matthew 28:19, Jesus tells the apostles to "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Comprehending how God can be three persons is the great mystery of Christianity.

  • The Trinity - Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, with quotes from early Church Fathers (catholic.com)
  • Jesus Christ's Divinity - scripture and quotes; the last part of this page focuses more closely on the Trinity (scripturecatholic.com)
  • God in Three Persons - Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur - Quotes from early Church Fathers (catholic.com)
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