Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Anyone who’s ever tried to understand the triune nature of God knows that it’s a difficult task. It’s even harder to describe than it is to understand. People have attempted many different ways of describing God over the centuries and all of them fall short.
The water analogy (God is like water: it exists as liquid, solid and vapor) fails to capture the nature of God because H2O cannot exist as water, ice, and steam simultaneously and each of these three has different properties. God is simultaneously Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each contains the same essence. The candle analogy (Father=candlestick, Son=light, Spirit=flame) is even worse as each fail to coexist with each other in a way that would even come close to a picture of the Trinity. Likewise analogies like the courtroom (which gives a good idea of the roles of the Trinity in judge, bailiff and defense attorney) cannot capture the triune nature of God because saying that all of these make up “one court” is nothing like the oneness of our God. Analogies fall short because God is above our understanding.
We have a tendency to think that we need to figure everything out, that there is somewhere out there a perfect analogy to show just what our God is like. But God is not like anything in creation. He is God. And it’s ok to not understand the mysterious things about Him. But when He reveals something about Himself, it’s worth taking note. Through the Scriptures, God has revealed that He is Three in One, and we do well to believe it to be so. All of the details of this fact may remain a mystery, and we need to be willing to accept that God is more complex than we could ever understand with our finite minds. If He wasn’t, He wouldn’t be much of a god.