Theological question on FB: “Jesus and the Holy Spirit, are they the same?”
God has presented Himself as Elohim = a plural noun with a singular verb (Genesis 1:1)…God the Father; God the Son; God the Holy Spirit; as He functions within the created Realm of Time among creatures constrained by Time and physics and flesh yet God is a Spirit (John 4:24). Human intelligence is far too inferior to God’s omniscience, His omnipotence, His omnipresence, to comprehend the beauty, excellence, majesty, of a supernatural Being with the capacity to create such wonders as this Universe and our complex human genome. God the Father is not God the Holy Spirit and God the Son is not the Father or the Spirit but these three are One-God according to Scripture beginning with Genesis 1:1; then, the Holy Spirit introduces Himself in Genesis 1:2. The Father, the Son, the Spirit, collaborate during the creation of the human genome (Day 6) in Genesis 1:26-28; the Son, Jesus Christ, born of the virgin seed to circumvent Adam’s fallen nature, is introduced in Genesis 3:15 and prophesied to do battle with Satan and be victorious over the Evil One by destroying the works of the Devil at Golgotha (1 John 3:8b); then, the Holy Spirit provides us a word picture relevant to the Plan – strategy – that will be used by God to defeat the Devil in Genesis 3:21 e.g. the shedding of innocent blood to clothe mankind in a robe of righteousness – a work done by God in selfless love while rejecting the work of mankind who will naturally attempt to cover his own sin by the works of his hands in self-righteousness (demonstrated by fig leaves).
Void the Trinity of God in Scripture, mankind could never know God with intimacy nor could God’s Plan of redemption from sin and victory over the Devil via selfless love have manifest in a comprehensible Plan; a Plan and strategy that is available to all who possess the Holy Spirit as Guarantor of relationship with the Father and are willing to listen and obey the Son.
Can the human mind explain God, a Trinity? No…if our 3-pound brain could adequately explain our omnipotent God, He would not be God. I simply believe what God the Holy Spirit has provided in Scripture and I trust Him as He is perfect love and He is my peace.