The trinity is a difficult concept to grasp. One God, three persons. Not three forms or manifestations of one person, not three functions of one person, but three actual persons making up One God. Three in one. Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
There’s no scripture that actually says “Trinity.” The concept is developed in and evident throughout the scriptures. I often think about the Trinity and its implications to the Gospel and to my life. And as I go through life, I notice analogies that I like to use in my own head just to help me make sense of things.
Major Disclaimer: This is not supported by scripture. This is not a theology. This is merely an analogy for illustrative purposes.
The Trinity as a Corporation
If The Trinity were a Corporation, I think God the Father would be the CEO, Jesus would be the PR Representative, and the Holy Spirit would be the Executive Assistant.
The Father being the CEO was the rather obvious choice. The Chief Executive Officer creates the policy for the company, organizes and dispatches programs to execute the policy, and understands and oversees the “big picture” of the organization. His spoken word is the final word in all questions and disputes on the policy. In the creation story of Genesis, God is the ultimate CEO. He speaks and everything comes to be. “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” Genesis 1:3. God is the greater Steve Jobs.
Jesus as the PR Rep may seem to downplay his role (but as I said, this is an analogy and of course it breaks down) but I thought of this position because the Public Relations Representative is the “Face of the Company.” They are the ambassadors of the company to the public. Jesus said, “If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14:7) The closest glimpse of God the Father we ever get in scripture is Exodus 3:18-23 where Moses sees the backside of God – and even that overwhelms him. But when we think about what God “looks like” we think of Jesus. He is God’s representative of himself to us. He is our Great High Priest who came to sacrifice himself once and for all and now sits at the right hand of the Father mediating for us (Hebrews 2-12). It was a gracious God that humbled himself to come in human form, sympathizing with all our weaknesses, to become our righteousness in him.
The Holy Spirit is the Executive Assistant because he is always there in the background working out all the messy details in people’s hearts. You know, the one that “really makes it all happen.” He’s there in Genesis 1 (as is Jesus, we learn in the prologue of the book of John) it says, “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Executive Assistants work diligently to make sure all of the particulars of the CEO’s big vision are accomplished. Philippians 2:13-14 says, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Executive Assistants must also be good multi-taskers to handle to volume of work required. The Holy Spirit is our helper and our comforter that has been left here on earth since Jesus ascended, and thank God he can be everywhere at once!