An article was sent my way that shed some interesting light on the Trinity. Thought I’d share it with you.
23 Buy the truth and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.
About the time I thought I was pretty well-versed on the Trinity, here comes a teaching that takes me to a whole other level. The Lord has me stepping further and further back to get a larger and larger view of Him, the Trinity, and His plan for mankind. Here again, just as the “experts” of this day consider modern man greatly superior in intellect to the “cavemen” of old (but, it’s not so; just look at the accomplishments of ancient man and we see very quickly that they were superior to us–and with fewer DNA errors), our modern-day biblical scholars hold themselves superior to the early church fathers (again, not so; they were closest to Christ, the apostles, and the pure truth as Jesus taught it). This article is from a person who is well-versed in the early church fathers and their teachings:
“As the early Church was forced, on the one hand, to wrestle with those who denied the deity of our blessed Lord Jesus Christ, and on the other with those who said that God is alone and solitary and merely changes faces, the Church hammered out the Christian vision of God as Holy Trinity, and took its stand. The early Church came to know that the relationship between the Father, Son and Spirit we see lived out on the pages of the New Testament was not a mere form that God assumed for a moment in time, but the eternal truth about God. God is and always has been and always will be Father, Son and Spirit.
When we confess the Nicene Creed and affirm that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, we are saying with St. Athanasius and the whole Church that there was never a time when God was alone, when the Father was not Father, and the Son and the Spirit were not present. There was never a time when there was just God, so to speak, just some abstract omni-being, some great, nameless unmoved mover, some faceless force up there somewhere. From all eternity, God is Father, Son and Spirit, and this means that God is fundamentally a relational being. This means that fellowship and togetherness, camaraderie and communion have always been at the center of the being of God and always will be.
It is critical that you see this. And it is just as critical that you see that the shared life of the Father, Son and Spirit is not boring or sad or lonely. There is no emptiness in this circle, no depression or fear or anxiety. The Trinitarian life is a life of unchained fellowship and intimacy, fired by passionate, self-giving love and mutual delight. Such passionate love, giving rise to such free-flowing fellowship and togetherness, overflows in unbounded joy, in infinite creativity and in inconceivable goodness.”
From Baxter’s Ongoing Thoughts
It is to this “free-flowing fellowship and togetherness” that we are invited. “Mercy triumphs over judgment” (James 2:13); this is the purpose and the goal of the love of God. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected (learned to trust) in love.” 1 John 4:18-19. Our invitation is to join Him in the “life of unchained fellowship and intimacy” of the Trinity!
On a practical level, let’s focus on getting to know the King of the universe by looking at life and the Scriptures through Jesus’ eyes. He had a way of interpreting the Old Testament Scriptures according to the love of God. May we do the same. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to interpret for us–but, be prepared to have your mind changed; His view is much greater and higher than ours.
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways!
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.
To Him be glory forever. Amen.
Romans 11:33, 36
Abba, to see You in Your eternity and realize that our finite world exists within You blows my mind! Nothing has caught You off-guard, nor has anything moved You from Your original position of love. May we see You as You really are: You are LOVE. Jesus is LOVE incarnate. The Spirit is LOVE in us. It really doesn’t get any better than that, Lord. Amen and amen.