The Mystery of God

From early on we were told that the Trinity is a mystery, the loftiest and most impenetrable of mysteries. We were not expected to understand it, but simply to believe it. The Trinity is an absolute mystery in the sense that we do not understand it even after it has been revealed. It is a mystery in that it is “hidden in God and cannot be known unless revealed by God.”[1]

To be sure God has left traces of his Trinitarian being in his work of creation and in his Revelation throughout Old Testament. But his most inmost Being as Holy Trinity is a mystery that is inaccessible to reason alone or even to Israel’s faith before the Incarnation of God’s Son and the sending of the Holy Spirit.

The Trinity is a mystery of faith in the strict sense, one of the mysteries that are hidden in God, which can never be known unless they are never revealed by God.[2]

The Doctrine of the Trinity is a summary statement of faith in the God of Jesus Christ. The focus of the doctrine of the Doctrine of the Trinity is the God who acts and is present in the “economy” (oikonomia meaning plan or administration) of salvation, especially in Christ. Christ is the revelation of God, the culmination of the economy of salvation in which the reality and mystery of God are made manifest. But it is said that God is a mystery.

The mystery of God is revealed in Christ to be the mystery of love offered for the sake of life, even amid rejection and death. Those who believe in Christ are offered the possibility of sharing in divine life and love.


[1] Richard P. McBrien, Catholicism (HarperCollins Publishers, New York: 1998), p. 316.

[2] Dei Filius, 4: DS, 3015.

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2 thoughts on “The Mystery of God

  1. It is True Sharon, no one can understand the things of God without The Holy Spirit, it is just foolishness to them but we have The Holy Spirit because we have asked and received as God promised we would, the same as when we asked for His wisdom, we received it.

    1 Corinthians 2:9-16 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that Love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth but which the Holy Ghost teacheth, comparing spiritual things with Spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are Spiritually discerned. But he that is Spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the Mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? but we have the Mind of Christ.

    God does not say we will not know all things, He tells us we will.

    John 2:26-28 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is Truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.

    Matthew 10:26-28 Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops … ( perhaps these are our Computers today )
    Psalm 32:8
    I will instruct you and teach you in the way you shall go. I will guide you with Mine eye.
    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

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