TUESDAY — What is “Trinitarian Theology?”
Big Point: The Trinity is “a-logical.” It’s not “like” anything else that we can define in our human experience. Yet, evidence of the Trinity gives us a picture of who God is.
There have been many well-meaning attempts to describe what the Trinity is “like.” Some of you may have been taught that the Trinity is “like” the three states of water (vapor, liquid, ice) or an egg (shell, yolk, white). While these analogies attempt to explain the divine mystery of the Trinity, the truth is that the Trinity is not “like” anything. Why? Because it is “a-logical” – it is beyond our human comprehension. Rather than try to identify what the Trinity is “like,” today we are going to look at a description of the Trinity and how each is intimately involved in our lives today.
There is a summary statement about the Trinity in the box that you can read and keep in mind as we study the Trinity today.
1. God is Three Persons
2. Each Person is Fully God
(John 14:26, 2 Peter 1:17, John 8:58, Acts 5:3-4)
3. There is only ONE God
This principle gives us a framework and context to understand the Trinity as much as our human minds can comprehend it. We cannot switch the order of this principle or else we end up with something other than the Trinity.
READ and THINK…What does the Bible say?
We tend to rebel against things that we don’t understand or cannot fully comprehend. Many religions, even though claiming to be Christian, reject the Trinity because it defies human comprehension. Read Isaiah 55:8-9. Why is it God’s prerogative to not fully share everything that we need (or want) to know about Him?
Isaiah 55:8-9 (New Living Translation)
8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
If you were following along in our Daily Bible Reading, last week you read chapters in Deuteronomy about the covenant (promises) God made to the Israelites while they were in the country of Moab. Deuteronomy 29:29 is an interesting verse, especially when reviewed in the context of the Trinity. While we may not be able to fully comprehend the Trinity, what are we still responsible for carrying out?
Deuteronomy 29:29 (New Living Translation)
29 “The LORD our God has secrets known to no one. We are not accountable for them, but we and our children are accountable forever for all that he has revealed to us, so that we may obey all the terms of these instructions.
LIVE…What will you do now?
In the following grid, you will have the opportunity to review the different functions of the Godhead. Most importantly, you will have space to reflect on what your experience has been with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Remember, we were created in the image of God, so we cannot truly know who God is if we do not experience the Triune God.
God the Father
-Planner of salvation
-Provider of all of our needs
-Administrator of Justice in the world
How have you experienced God the Father in your life?
God the Son (Jesus Christ)
-Used by God to bring Grace into this world
-Modeled tremendous compassion and love while on earth
-The only way to God (John 14:6)
How have you experienced God the Son (Jesus Christ) in your life?
God the Holy Spirit
-Indwells within every believer
-He is our guide
-He is the source of Truth and reveals God to us
How have you experienced God the Holy Spirit in your life?
PRAY…God, what do you want me to know and do?
As you think about the different experiences that you have had with the Godhead, our hope is that you realize all of the ways that God has been intimately involved in your life. No matter where you find yourself spiritually today, take time to pray for God to reveal Himself to you so that you continue to experience the fullness of a Triune God.