Q3: How Many Persons Are There in God?

New City Catechism: Question 3

Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. In a question and answer format, this form of discipleship teaches the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, along with the basics of the Bible. The New City Catechism, created by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on topics such as God, creation, and salvation. Each video provides an extended answer to the question from either a pastor at Redeemer or council members of the Gospel Coalition. This video with Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, answers the question, "How many persons are there in God?”

2 Corinthians 13:14 (ESV)

14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

We can respond to question three with the following answer: There are three persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

Kevin said God is one in three persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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Kevin listed three implications of the doctrine of the Trinity:

  1. It shows us there can be unity in diversity.
  2. It teaches us community.
  3. It proves the eternality of God's love.

Does the answer to this question impact your faith in God? If so, how and why?
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Read through 2 Corinthians 13:14. Take a moment to reflect on what it means for God to be one in three persons. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of the Trinity, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize 2 Corinthians 13:14. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions through knowing the Trinity. 

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