I listened to an Orthodox podcast some time ago on the Trinity. The Priest wisely prefaced it by pointing out that the Trinity was the most difficult aspect of Christianity to fully explain or understand. His reasoning was simply that we are attempting to define God, and in our limited fallen state as man it is not really possible to 'fully' comprehend Him.
I certainly enjoyed the sermon; also I did not hear any major conflicts between the Orthodox view and the definition of the Trinity (Triune) as I have received from Protestant teachings. With love and respect to our Pentecostal friends I have never felt led to find and worship God on that path, or any other modalistic Church, so my understanding of such is a bit weak.
As I consider myself in infancy spiritually speaking, may I inquire if Orthodoxy would agree to the following definition copied from the 'Articles of Faith' at the Church I currently pray, and my understanding of it?
I. The Triune God - We believe in one eternally existent, infinite God, Sovereign of the universe; that He only is God, creative and administrative, holy in nature, attributes, and purpose; that He, as God, is Triune in essential being, revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
My limited understanding in brief summary is:
*Our Father is the First Person of the Godhead; Creator and Sustainer of life, completely Holy and perfect in existence.
*Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Godhead; is eternally one with the Father, took the form of flesh and blood as our Lord, Savior, and Intercessor to The Father on our behalf.
*The Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Godhead, eternal, is ever present in our lives, efficient in revealing man of sin, regenerating those who repent and believe, and guiding us into all Truth as it is in Jesus.
Of course the more I learn the less I know. The interrelations between three aspects of one being can/does cause me a bit of confusion at times.
Peace & Grace,