I am confused about the Trinity. How is it possible for God to forsake the Son on the cross if they are unified? Jesus says “I and the Father are one.” Did God forsake himself?
We are all confused about the Trinity. I don’t say that flippantly. The Trinity is a mystery, no one fully understands it. I would go so far as to say that no one even pretty much basically gets it.
Here is the definition of the Trinity from Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem: “God eternally exists as three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and each person is fully God, and there is one God.” There are a ton of mysteries about the Trinity, that have stumped people way smarter than me. So it is a mystery, but we can understand certain aspects of it.
It is easy to get caught up in the theological and academic side of Christianity and let that be a distraction, but that isn’t what is going on here. In your question, you actually hit on one of the reasons that the Trinity is super important. You ask “Did God forsake himself?” and the answer is pretty much: yes, and that is crucial to the Gospel.
Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Sin has spiritual consequences, and they have to be accounted for. Christ paid for our sins with His death on the Cross (2 Corinthians 5:21). The reason the Trinity is important to that is because God takes the penalty of sin so we don’t have to. This is how God is both loving and just.
God took care of the penalty of our Sin on the cross. So we don’t have to carry them anymore. That is one of the few things I understand about the Trinity, but that is plenty for me.
-Matt from The Bridge
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