Christianity and The Holy Trinity

Both St. Gregory and Gordon Fee offer interesting interpretations of the Holy Trinity. While St Gregory took an original approach, Fee offered an explanation of the Holy Trinity through the teachings of Apostle Paul. Fee offers a modern approach. He was able to do this by analyzing and theorizing Paul’s understanding of the Holy Trinity, specifically the Holy Spirit. Fee believes that the Holy Trinity works together to form one God head. The Holy Spirit, God the Father, and God the Son although called by different names all represent the superior and divine Lord God. This suggests that salvation only works through the power of one God equally divided into three parts. Instead of being three distinct deities, they are one God with different names, functions, and responsibilities. Although his interpretation appeared to be thorough and well thought out, I found it difficult to agree completely with his analysis.

St Gregory on the other hand, offered a more plausible explanation and understanding of the Holy Trinity. He believes that Holy Ghost works together with God the Father and God the Son. St. Gregory felt that God the Father is the originator, the powerful and supreme God. God the Father then begot God the Son and then created the Holy Spirit. Jesus and the Holy Ghost are both a reflection the Creator. In this way, the light of God the Father and Jesus Christ shines through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is what guides us, provides us with faith, and brings us closer to God and Jesus Christ. St Gregory expressed this best when he says, “They remind us of the spiritual reality of the Church: the Church prays in the Spirit, the Church worships in the Spirit, the Church believes and confesses to the Father and the Son through the spirit”, (St. Gregory,).

Fee provides a much different understanding to the Holy Trinity. Studying the teachings of Apostle Paul Fee concluded that “the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit each with a distinct personality but all unified as one God” (Fee, 1996). The difference in Fee’s interpretation is that the Holy Spirit is God. The Holy Spirit is a form to communicate, create unity, and establish faith. In this way, Fee believes that Paul saw salvation as three fold, where the three operate to form one God.

Although both interpretations are different they both add value to the explanation of the Holy Trinity. Many may find it difficult to understand the unique relationship between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. However, the trinity of these three equal powers is divine, necessary, and required in order to have Faith. The Holy Spirit carries as much weight and importance as our Father and Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit allows us to feel the presence of God, communicate with God, and we are able to receive Gods light and power through the Spirit. It is hard to say whether the Trinity is one presence or three parts of a whole. Either way, the Holy Spirit comes as a package deal that people should appreciate by recognizing its power, its presence, and its worth.

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About Russia Robinson

I am an independent freelance writer and free thinker. I strive to use my writing talents to benefit the greater good of society, one word, one sentence, one page at a time. Originally from Richmond, California I attended San Francisco State University receiving a BA in English Creative Writing and American Literature in 2004. After this I attended post graduate studies in 2008 at Georgia’s Kennesaw State University in Technical Writing. With an academic background in English, I have spent more than 10 years’ helping young people succeed. This can be seen in my career background in education and mental health. I am a certifiable Language Arts teacher for the state of Georgia. I also worked in social services including juvenile mental health treatment services and counseling. As a result, I understand the diversity of problems people face in their everyday lives. With words put together like so, I promote equality and a healthy society for all people regardless of individual differences. Conducting research, writing articles, essays, and blogging, I push to educate others about various issues that affect people. I also do this creatively through short stories, poems, pictures, and a novel in progress. My hobbies and interest are reading and learning. I enjoy all things art and all things nature. From camping and astronomy to photography and cooking, I enjoy sighting seeing and socializing just as much as I enjoy curling in bed with a good book or binge watching TV.
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