Do your children know the true answer?
All three, are God. The Father, the son, the Holy Ghost. Same as all of us are Man; you, me, Ziks, etc.
A real chuckle is Jesus didn't mention the Arch Angel Michael, or any of the others. Of course we know Jesus wouldn't have mentioned Michael as God since Hebrews chapter one tells us;
<i>God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness of his
glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by
the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down
on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
5 For unto which of the angels
said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And
again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
9 Thou hast loved righteousness,
and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with
the oil of gladness above thy fellows. </i>
Fellows?! You mean there's more than ONE?!!
Also Thomas called Jesus, "My LORD and my God!"
So, to answer your questions about;
<i>"Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy
spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded YOU."</i>
It is a clear and obvious sentence, clearly spoken and expected to be clearly understood by His disciples, concerning the Trinity (for lack of a better word). I would call that a declarative sentence.
The major point and "in the name of" is to teach the revealed godhead, and that they were the ones in whose authority the disciples were to do what he'd commanded them. We are Man, Jesus and the others are God. The Holy Ghost has a task to be the Comforter. Notice in passages below that Jesus and the Comforter will be operating apart from each other in a near future time for the disciples. See, even God sometimes multitasks!
John 14:26 - 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 15:26 - But when the Comforter
is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of
truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
John 16:7 - Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
As for the earth;
Isaiah 45:18 - <i>For thus saith the LORD
that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it;
he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
Of course, before it was inhabited it was;
Genesis; <i>In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. </i>
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