How to Model the Trinity: The Three Divine Person of God
The Trinity is one God in three persons. This concept is as difficult for kids as it is for adults. If you work with children, you might use the Pretzel Clay Craft Activity, which like the diagram shown, is made from one roll of clay, but has three parts representing the three divine persons of the trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
I like the pretzel Trinity model, but for me the water cycle is an even better Trinity model.
The Water Cycle
Water is a compound that can exist in three different forms, depending on temperature. The forms of water from the coldest to the hottest are: solid, liquid, vapor (gas).
It doesn’t matter what form water is in, each form is made of water molecules. The Water Cycle diagram shows frozen water molecules- ice cubes, liquid water molecules- liquid puddles and liquid streaming down the insides of the jar, vapor water molecules-not visible but labeled as being in the jar.
No matter the form, water molecules are the same and are constantly being changed from one form to another.
Did You Know!
The water that Jesus was baptized in is still somewhere on Earth? It might be part of the water you are drinking or in snow flakes, or water vapor in the air.
Relate the Water Cycle to the Trinity
IMAGINE a specific amount of God Particles and like the water molecules, the God Particles are exactly alike and can be in three different forms at the same time and there is a constant exchange of God particles between the three forms so that the only difference is the manifestation of the God particles as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
God the Son took on some man particles (which He created) for the short period He was on Earth. Thus, the incarnate Jesus Christ was a man but at the same time was God. Being God, He was impeccable–He could not sin and did not sin. Being man He experienced pain –suffered.
Imagine the Different Persons or Forms of God
Solid God Particles–The incarnate Jesus Christ–God the Son.
Liquid God Particles— God the Father
Vapor God Particles— God the Holy Spirit
Unlike the water cycle, my imaginary model of the trinity does not have a hierarchy. I admit that my brain has been programed to list the three divine persons of God in this order:
God the father
God the Son
God the Holy Spirit
But the Bible refers to the three persons as one and the same. For example, the first chapter of John is about the incarnate Jesus Christ.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
For the first time this makes sense to me. It’s like having ice cubes in a glass of water. The solid ice is with the liquid water and the solid and liquid are both made up of water molecules. There is even an exchange of water molecules between the ice and the liquid as well as with the water vapor in the air above the liquid water and ice cubes.