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Use these simple Bible object lessons along with Scripture to help students better understand the teaching of the Trinity in the Bible.
The word, Trinity, actually is not found in the Bible, yet the concept of God existing as one God, but in three persons is revealed throughout the Bible.
Nothing can quite capture the complete concept of the Trinity (One God - the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit), we must accept by faith that God is One and yet exists as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The following Bible object lessons are only inadequate tools, but can help children (or youth & adults) at least begin to grasp a better understanding. Note that none of these are perfect comparisons; they all fall short.
For a more in depth article that expounds on this, see "What is the Doctrine of the Trinity?"
The Father: Malachi 2:10 - "Have we not all one Father? Did not one God create us?"
The Son: John 1:1-4 - "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made."
The Spirit: Genesis 1:2 - "the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters."
All Three as One: Genesis 1:26 - "Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness,"
"One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.”
"pray to your Father, who is unseen"(Matt. 6:6).
Jesus,the Son, goes on to say in John 14:13, 14:14, 15:16, 16:23, 16:24, and 16:26 that we should ask in His name.
Romans 8:26 says: "We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us..."
Jesus leaves us with this command: Matthew 28:19 - "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,"
Throughout God's Word He shows that He exists as the one, true God, but also as three identities.
Object - a name tag
How many names do you go by? I go by Susan, Mom, Daughter, Sister, Teacher, and even Sweetheart sometimes(by my husband of coarse!)
Does this mean that I am more than one person? Of coarse not! In the same way God is one God, yet His identity is defined through three persons - God, Our Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit.
*Of course, God is not three persons merely in name alone.
Object - glass of water
Scientists call the substance of water H2O because it consists of super-tiny particles called molecules which are made of 2 even smaller atoms of Hydrogen joined to a single atom of Oxygen.
However, water (H20) can take a liquid form - water, a solid form - ice, and a gas form - steam. It remains H2O though no matter what form it takes.
In the same way God is God whether He is in the person of - God the Father, God the Son, or God the Holy Spirit. He is still one God just as the substance we know as water is still H2O.
*God, however, does not change from Father or Son to Holy Spirit in any way; God always exists as all three.
Object - an apple
Have you ever eaten an apple? There are basically three parts - the skin, the flesh, and the core. All the parts are still one apple, yet they are all uniquely different.
Bible object lessons are just another creative way to teach the truth of God's Word. Remember - Hebrews 4:12 -
"For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."
*Again, the Trinity is still more complex; the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit are more than a 'part' of God...they each are God...One God.
Objects - Pieces of rope with colored tips and Christian magic trick instructions.
Optical illusions are not only fun Bible object lessons, but they capture kids' attention! This one uses three pieces of rope tied into one to teach a Bible lesson on the Trinity.
Beyond Bible object lessons, the following diagram points out that although The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit is God and God is all three, The Father is not The Son, The Son is not the Holy Spirit, and The Holy Spirit is not the Father.
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