God, His Triune Character:

What We Believe

By Dr. Bruce Hitchcock, Orange County SBA

I can’t remember when I didn’t believe in God.  From the time I was a baby, we went to church every Sunday unless we were too sick to get out of bed or away on a vacation.  I believed that God was real and that He created all things.  I knew he existed everywhere at one time and was all powerful.  However, I didn’t know Him personally until I was seventeen years old.  At that time, I asked Jesus to come into my life and rescue me from the disobedience over which I had no control.

Even though we accept Him as our personal Lord and Savior, God is above and beyond our ability to know Him fully.  We cannot completely comprehend or appreciate what we cannot understand.  However, through God’s Word, the Bible, we can begin to appreciate Him.  In God’s Word, we see His nature.  We can then appreciate His knowledge and experience God’s wisdom. 

Through God’s Son, Jesus, and His sacrifice we receive salvation (John 3:16).  Our transformation opens the door to the knowledge of God.  Through God’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit, we are convicted of our disobedience and feel His presence in us.  It is God's Spirit that teaches us.  Through His Word, we also get a glimpse of God’s personality and His plans for us and for the future of all mankind.  Finally, a look at our earth and a deeper view of the universe say volumes about God’s character, His presence, and His power.

The trinitarian character of God acts a one and at the same time three (Matthew 3:16-17).  God the father is the creator is the supreme member of the Trinity (Genesis 1:1).  God the Son is the redeemer (1 Peter 1:18-21) and His resurrection (Matthew 28:6) is the assurance of our salvation (1 John 1:1-4).  He paid the price to buy us back from sin and death.  The Holy Spirit is the third member of the Trinity (John 14:16.  He gives us new life (Romans 8:2)

Dr. Bruce Hitchcock


(Honoris Causa)

Orange County
Southern baptist



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