The Trinity: Three In One

How to Model the Trinity: The Three Divine Person of God

A craft pretzel made of clay models the Trinity with each compartment representing God in three persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

A single roll of clay is shaped like a pretzel. This clay craft can be used to teach young and old about the Trinity.

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).

This jar used in science to model the water cycle is a beautiful model for the Trinity of God.

The water cycle demonstrates that water molecules are the same no matter what state they are in, ice, liquid or gas. The same is true of the divine persons of the Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

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.




  1. Joey Slliks says:

    The water model is tremendous, however I feel a better assignment of the properties would have Jesus as the liquid (water), and God the father as the Ice (solid). My first argument is that Jesus declared himself the be living water. What you said about the permanence of water is awesome, in the beginning of the Genesis account of creation we have a void which is cold by nature, as it were. Heat was eventually introduced and so as the appear in the old then new testaments we have God the father Jesus The Christ then the Holy Spirit. This would correspond to solid then liquid and then gas. Adding the sun to the cold void. We know that in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God so I am not saying that God was before The word just the order how they are presented in the Bible. God is solid because he is just. Humans are like water because they can become polluted and can be purified and made new. It would be very difficult to corrupt ice without first melting it. Because we woul be most like The person of Jesus as he was human it would make sense that he would be water too, although he was incorruptible. Without the gift of the sacrifice of Jesus, which washes us, GOD is cold and hard. Please do not take this as me being argumentative just wanted to share my observations.