Question regarding God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit


I would like someone to explain how God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit work together? Do the Son and Holy Spirit ever get to choose to do anything out of their own will or do they always submit to the Fathers will? How does the whole process work?

In John 15:16 Jesus says I chose you, but in every other verse he says he does not do anything but the Fathers will.

In 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, it is said that the Holy Spirit decides who he will give spiritual gifts too. Does this mean that the Holy Spirit can do as he want?


The 3 persons of the Trinity are all of one mind and one purpose. They will never act in contrary ways, but they do act as separate agents. When Christ was baptized this is an obvious example, and there are many times when Jesus spoke to the Father and they are separate persons. Modalism, which is a heresy and teaches that God is just phasing in and out of different persons, is easy to refute with these simple examples.

During His earthly life Christ demonstrated submission to the Father. Some have taken this to mean that the Son is eternally subordinate, but if this is the case then this changes the Son’s nature. The Son is God, as clearly taught in John 1 and other places, but if the Son is eternally subordinate then He is necessarily less than the Father and less than God.

The Father, the Son and the Spirit are all God, yet they are separate persons. God is a unique being that isn’t limited by our physical laws and what we can understand. The bible forces you into a Trinitarian perspective because otherwise you have some serious problems theologically. When it says in Deuteronomy 6:4 that our God is “one” - the word there is “echad” which denotes complex unity, just like a marriage and two become “one flesh”.