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Biblical Examples of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

By Mormon.org

Mormons’ belief in God differs from many Christians’ understanding of the traditional Trinity. Mormons believe that God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three separate beings, united as one in purpose but each with distinct roles to play in our happiness and salvation. Mormons believe that each person is a child of God the Father. He created us in His own image, as Genesis 1:26 explains. His Son, Jesus Christ, is our Savior, and the Holy Spirit is their Messenger, confirming the truth of Heavenly Father’s and Jesus’s divinity. Together they form the Godhead, a term Mormons use to describe these divine beings rather than the term Trinity.

God the Father

Heavenly Father is the Supreme being who created us. We are His literal spirit children. He is a separate being from both the Son and the Holy Spirit. Examples of Heavenly Father’s individual nature can be found throughout the Bible. One well-known example happened when Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.

“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: and lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:16–17).

This scripture says that after Jesus had completed the commandment of His Father to be baptized, He heard Heavenly Father’s voice from heaven saying that He was well pleased with His Beloved Son.

Even the Holy Spirit was present at Jesus’s baptism. This passage is perhaps one of the best examples in the Bible that shows the distinct, separate nature of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

The Son

Jesus’s life is central to Christianity. His sacrifice is what makes it possible for us to live with Heavenly Father in the afterlife.

Jesus is referred to by many different names, including Savior, Redeemer, and Lord, but one of the most-used names is that of Son. This reiterates the truth that Jesus is the Son of God and that Jesus and Heavenly Father are separate beings, each with a role to fulfil in helping all of us enjoy the happiness that awaits us in the afterlife.

“For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (2 Peter 1:17). 

This scripture from Peter, who led the Church after Jesus died, shows that Peter and the other early Apostles knew that Jesus and Heavenly Father were separate beings.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit doesn’t have a physical body like Heavenly Father or Jesus. However, the Holy Spirit plays an important role in testifying that the gospel of the Father and the Son is true. The Holy Spirit was also given to be a comforter to anyone who asks God for help.

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (John 14:26).

Jesus told His Apostles that He’d given them the Holy Spirit to comfort them and to help them teach the truth of the gospel to anyone who would listen.

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit work together for one purpose—to help all God’s children return to live with Him in the next life. However, they are three distinct beings, each with an important role to play in our lives.