The Most Important Christian Doctrine You Don’t Think About

Kevin DeYoung | June 8, 2017


The New City Catechism Question 3: How many persons are there in God?

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.


The doctrine of the Trinity is the most important Christian doctrine that most people never think about. It’s absolutely essential to our faith, and yet for many Christians it just seems like a very confusing math problem. Even if we can figure out what Trinity means, it doesn’t feel like it has much bearing on our lives, much relevance to us.

What Is the Doctrine? 

The word “Trinity” isn’t found in the Bible, but the word captures a number of biblical truths very well. There are actually seven statements that go into the doctrine of the Trinity:

  1. God is one. There’s only one God.
  2. The Father is God.
  3. The Son is God.
  4. The Holy Spirit is God.
  5. The Father is not the Son.
  6. The Son is not the Spirit.
  7. The Spirit is not the Father.

If you get those seven statements, then you’ve captured the doctrine of the Trinity—what it means when we say there’s one God…


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