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Modalism seems to be the issue for this week because of the Elephant Room 2 and TD Jakes. So, I thought I would illustrate and bring to light how many folks, who might criticize Jake’s theology, describe the trinity. I realize that the illustration may have been defined a little differently by others. For instance, some may have said, “I am an employee” instead of “husband.” Either way, it makes the point. God is one being, but not one person. As mentioned in yesterday’s post, if the distinction between being and person confuses you, maybe this will help. A brick has being, but it isn’t personal. I am a being (human) and am a person (Chris). A Modalist would say that God is one being and one person who functions in three different modes – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Almost as though it was a mask that the one person changes in and out of. But God is one being and three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The “economic trinity” (or functions of each person of the trinity) is not the same as modalism because each person is distinct from one another, though one being. This is a wonderful and mind blowing reality. It isn’t paradoxical or illogical. Just difficult for finite beings to wrap our brains around. Anyhow, I hope this cartoon is helpful to you.