“. . . we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ . . . the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:1b and 5:5b (CEB)
This coming Sunday is Trinity Sunday when we remember God, the three-in-one. There are many ways of saying this interesting theological idea: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; Creator, Christ, and Spirit just to name two. What does this all tell us, anyway?
I think many of us struggle to understand, much less explain the doctrine of the Trinity. When I was in seminary, my worship professor used to say that it is God in Community.
How do we explain that there are three Beings who interact with us in our lives, in our churches, in the world, and yet they are made of the same substance and all God? It seems like a contradiction?
Years ago someone compared it to Water, Ice, and Vapor – made of the same substance but in different forms and with different interactions in the world. I guess that helps.
Maybe it’s helpful to think of the Trinity as God entering our lives in a variety of ways and caring for us in many roles. I mean, if you think of it, we all have different roles in our lives. To some, we are daughter or son, mother or father, aunt or uncle, teacher, pastor, office workers, truck driver, salesperson, clerk at the store, or any number of roles that we are called to be. Yet, we are one person.
It’s probably not the most helpful idea, but at least we have a sense that God works with us in all of life, in every circumstance, and throughout our lives. We, as the Church, carry on the work of Christ in the world where we point to Jesus as Savior and head of the church. The Holy Spirit inspires and leads us, reminding us of Jesus’ teachings. God works through it all to create and keep on creating a world where God’s love can be felt and received.
The Community of God is Triune, and it is a large group of people around the world who live as God’s children to try to make the world a better place. After centuries of existence, the Church of Jesus Christ still has a lot of work to do, but we aren’t alone! The Triune God works with us and through us to keep on trying, keep on living as God’s children, and keep on changing the world one person at a time.
How do you experience God in your life?
In what ways have you been able to see the many ways God interacts with you?
How has your church reflected the Community of God to others?