The doctrine of the Holy Trinity will always be a mystery to our finite minds. It is said that one day the great church father St. Augustine, in deep meditation on the doctrine of the Trinity, was walking along the seashore. Shortly his attention was caught by a small girl carrying one shell of water after another from the sea to a little hole which she had dug in the sand.

     "What are you doing, little girl?" Augustine asked. Sweetly, though innocently she replied, "Oh, I am going to empty the sea into this little hole." Walking away smiling, Augustine thought to himself, "That is exactly what I have been trying to do. I have been trying to encompass the doctrine of the Holy Trinity with this little mind of mine."
     Though the doctrine of the Holy Trinity cannot be grasped by the human mind, there can be no doubt that it is clearly taught in Scripture. Matthew tells us that when Jesus stepped out of the Jordan after being baptized, the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, descended upon Him and a voice from heaven (the Father's) said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." Matt. 3:17. NIV. This records the presence of all three persons of the Holy Trinity.
     The Savior on several occasions spoke of the Spirit whom He would send from the Father -- again indicating the activity of three persons. Perhaps the clearest of all is Christ's final command to His disciples, namely, that they should baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. That is, in the name of the Holy Trinity.
     The doctrine is unsearchable, but it means very much to the believer. Having grown up on a farm I like to draw an analogy between the Holy Trinity and an egg. An egg is a single item, yet there is the shell, and the yolk and the egg white, which is perhaps the closest we can come to a tangible demonstration of three in one. We have the Father who created us and preserves us. We have the Son, our Savior, who became one of us in order to redeem us. Then we have an ever-present Comforter, the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from both, who preserves us unto life eternal. Oh, ever blessed Trinity!
a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.



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