After his baptism, as soon as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God coming down in the form of a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, and I am wonderfully pleased with him.” [Matthew 3:16-17 (TLB)]
If you ask a chef about the “holy trinity,” rather than a theological discussion, you’d probably get his recipe for a mirepoix—a mixture of onions, celery, and carrots that is the essential foundation to a good stock, soup or stew. Although each vegetable has a distinct look, texture and taste, once they’re combined and sautéed, they lose their identities and make a single complex flavor all its own. Christians, of course, know about another Holy Trinity. Like the three vegetables with their identifiable characteristics that combine so beautifully into a flavor foundation, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three distinct and individual beings that combine into one Godhead to make the foundation for our Christian faith.
Next time you taste a deliciously complex sauce, thank the chef for using his holy trinity of ingredients for the sauce’s foundation. Perhaps you’ll also say a prayer of thanks for the three elements of the Holy Trinity—the Father, Son and Holy Spirit—that form the foundation of our Christian faith.
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, … We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God … We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. [Nicene Creed]