The Trinity And The Holy Spirit

Biblical inferences to the Trinity lead theologian Athanasius to develop his theory of the Trinity. In 325 CE the Council of Nicaea adopted his view; i.e. God, His one Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are of one substance. The same Council also established the doctrine of the Incarnation; i.e. that Jesus was incarnated as God's one Divine son.

However, in A Course In Miracles Jesus uses explicit language to teach that the Trinity pertains only to our existence in Heaven. It is only there that the unity of God, the Christ (God's One Son which includes Jesus along with us) and the Holy Spirit exist. To begin to understand this, Jesus' ACIM teachings must be read as Level I statements. (see Key thoughts page)

The Holy Spirit connects us, as the separated dreamer, to the true reality of Heaven, and as such is our link to God given by God when we began the dream of separation. For instance:

The Holy Spirit is described as the remaining communication link between God and His separated Sons. In order to fulfill this special function the Holy Spirit has assumed a dual function. He knows because He is part of God; He perceives because He was sent to save humanity. [C-6.3:1-3]

And further:

The principle of Atonement and the separation began at the same time. When the ego was made, God placed in the mind the call to joy [the Holy Spirit]. This call is so strong that the ego always dissolves at its sound. That is why you must choose to hear one of two voices within you. One you made yourself, and that one is not of God. But the other is given you by God, who asks you only to listen to it. The Holy Spirit is in you in a very literal sense. His is the Voice that calls you back to where you were before and will be again. ( emphasis added).
[T-5.II.3:1-9]

The separation induced perception, causing separation-within-the- separation. The Trinity has no aspects of separateness. Here, in the Text, Jesus teaches that true unity.

Perception did not exist until the separation introduced degrees, aspects and intervals. Spirit has no levels, and all conflict arises from the concept of levels. Only the Levels of the Trinity are capable of unity. (emphasis added) [T-3.IV.1:5-7.]

Jesus expands on his Chapter 8 teachings in Chapter 25. Again, this passage must be contemplated as a Level I statement. It pertains to our true reality in Heaven, not the level of our bodies in the separation. Here we learn that we as Spirit are the Christ (the One Son) along with Jesus. The Holy Spirit (to which Jesus and we are also connected) is our link, within the seeming separation, to the Father.

Father and Son and Holy Spirit are as One, as all your brothers join as one in truth. Christ and His Father never have been separate, and Christ abides within your understanding, in the part of you that shares His Father's Will. The Holy Spirit links the other part-the tiny, mad desire to be separate, different and special to the Christ, to make the oneness clear to what is really one. In this world this is not understood, but can be taught. (emphasis added) [T-25.I.5:3-6]

Jesus expands on his Chapter 8 teachings in Chapter 25. Again, this passage must be contemplated as a Level I statement. It pertains to our true reality in Heaven, not the level of our bodies in the separation. Here we learn that we as Spirit are the Christ (the One Son) along with Jesus. The Holy Spirit (to which Jesus and we are also connected) is our link, within the seeming separation, to the Father.

Several Workbook Lessons, like the following, teach this concept. It is but one passage in his Course where Jesus presents his concept of the Trinity.

LESSON 283: My true Identity abides in You.

Father, I made an image of myself, and it is this I call the Son of God. Yet is creation as it always was, for Your creation is unchangeable. Let me not worship idols. I am he my Father loves. My holiness remains the light of Heaven and the Love of God. Is not what is beloved of You secure? Is not the light of Heaven infinite? Is not Your Son my true Identity, when You created everything that is? Now are we One in shared Identity, with God our Father as our only Source, and everything created part of us. And so we offer blessing to all things, uniting lovingly with all the world, which our forgiveness has made one with us.

The above phrase, "uniting lovingly with all the world," shows how important it is study the Text before doing the Workbook lessons. The phrase precedes a reference to forgiveness, which the Text emphasizes is a process: an attribute of the separation. It brings the light of Heaven to the world, not the other way around.

Jesus' uses of the word, "Trinity" are all in the Text. T-3.II.5:4 and IV.1:7; T-5.I.4:1; and III.1:4; T-7.I.7:5; T-8.IV.8:9 and 9:10 + 8:13 + VI.8:9.

Here are two powerful examples of how Jesus now teaches us his view of the Trinity in A Course in Miracles:

Yet truth is offered first to be received, even as God gave it first to His Son. The first in time means nothing, but the First in eternity is God the Father, Who is both First and One. Beyond the First there is no other, for there is no order, no second or third, and nothing but the First. [T-14.IV.1:6-8]

All this can very simply be reduced to this:

What is the same can not be different, and what is one can not have separate parts. [T-25.I.7:6.]