When one speaks of the Trinity he speaks of a mystery. Over the years I have heard many people use various illustrations in order to define or describe the Trinity. I will share a few with you before we get into what I have discovered as my favorite illustration.

One of the ways I have heard the Trinity described is as water. You can have water in three distinct forms. It can be of course just water as in a glass of water. It can be in its frozen state meaning ice and still retain all the properties of water. And last it can be steam. So we have one thing, water, in three different forms but still being H2O.

Another way I’ve heard it described is using a pretzel. If you think about the most common way that you would see a pretzel as having three open areas created from the way the pretzel is folded. You would have three holes in one pretzel.

Now I would like to share with you the way I have recently come by in describing the Trinity. Oddly enough I believe this is the way God chose to reveal himself and yet it is the way I have heard the least. Throughout the scriptures God is described or defined as a fire. In the Old Testament he is a fire in the burning bush, a fire on Mt. Sinai, a pillar of fire by night to guide Moses and the children of Israel and so on. In the New Testament He is described as a consuming fire. Just what does this mean as far as us understanding the Trinity?

Well, a fire is basically three things happening at once and all three are required for it to exist. The fire itself is putting off light and also creating wind. So we have three parts- fire, light and wind working together. Did you know that is the way a hot air balloon works? The way the balloon is lifted off of the ground is by a fire source that creates the wind which in turn lifts the balloon. So let’s see what we have here. God the Father is the fire, God the Son is the light and God the Holy Spirit is the wind or breath. Without the fire there is no light but without the wind the fire goes out. Isn’t that something all three are required and yet they are one?

Written by Louie


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