Q. 6. How many persons are there in the Godhead?
A. There are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.
A triune God is, of course, a physical impossibility, a contradiction in terms… according to the laws that rule reality under the Sun. Yet God transcends (a word to keep in mind during your prayers and meditations on Scripture) His creation. For God to be transcendent, He must by definition be larger than His creation. He is beyond our understanding.
And yet He makes Himself known as three Persons in one essence. And from the glorious relationships we see here – between God and Son, between Son and Spirit, between God, Son and Spirit – we find the pattern for every human relationship.
Son submits to Father (God). Spirit submits to Father and Son. God directs the Son, and Son directs the Spirit. And yet, in their roles and responsibilities, all are equally and at the same time God and one God. It makes you a little dizzy, but it is also a wondrously perfect unity from diversity. When you consider relationships, such as those laid out in Ephesians 5-6 and 1 Peter 2-3, here is the pattern. Are men and women equal? Masters and slaves? Parents and children? Absolutely, in one sense. Are there differing levels of authority and responsibility between them even as they are equal in substance? Absolutely, in another. Men are not more valuable than women, nor women more so than men. Yet in marriage men lead, and women follow. Equal even as they carry out differing roles, roles assigned by the Creator and modeled within Himself.
God has taken a small piece of His Mystery and made it known to us.