These Three, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Are Three Essential Components of One God. They Are One the Way Our Soul, Our Body, and the Things We Do Are One (Continued)

When told that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the three essential components of the one God as our soul, our body, and our actions [are the essential components of human being], the human mind may still think that three persons play the roles of these three essential components, when in fact there could not be three separate persons. When, however, we see the Father’s divinity as the soul, the Son’s divinity as the body, and the Holy Spirit’s divinity (or divinity emanating) as action, and we see them as three essential components of one single God, then they become understandable. For the Father has his own divinity; the Son derives his divinity from the Father; and the Holy Spirit derives its divinity from them both. Since they share the same soul and essence, they continue one God.

If we call these three divine components persons, however, and assigned each one its own responsibility–if we saw the Father as assigning spiritual credit or blame, the Son as mediating, and the Holt Spirit as putting things into effect–then we would be splitting a divine essence that is actually unified and indivisible. We would have made none of the three fully God; we would have given each one only a third of the power–an arrangement that a sound intellect has no choice but to reject.

from True Christianity, Volume 1, Section 168

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