“To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be is holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” -Romans 1:7

When discussing the nature of the triune God, sooner or later scriptures like these are going to come up, or at the very least the different names of the Lord and how they can be identified separately but mean one. Does this verse represent a contradiction as it concerns the trinity? Not necessarily.

Let me offer a somewhat morbid example to illustrate that Paul’s words do not contradict the view of a triune God. Now, let us suppose you work at a newspaper, entry level, and your job is to type out the obituaries. The families coming to you with requests of what they would like you to write. Now, in compliance with a families wishes you write the statement somewhere in the obituary, “beloved husband and father.”

Now your aren’t talking about two separate people obviously, but rather talking about one person who embodied both these roles and was greatly loved. In the same way, Paul can be referring to the God, both our Father and Lord, without reaching any inevitable contradiction.