Pondering the Trinity

The Trinity -one of the most perplexing concepts of Christianity.  It’s one of those things I don’t think we’ll every understand this side of heaven – but can appreciate deeply the significance of it.  I was trying to explain it the other day to a child – which challenged my ability to explain it.  The idea in my head is 3 and 1 at the same time – that 3 personalities that are one person (which also sounds like someone with multiple personality disorder).  I know the key principle of the trinity (which is our word to try to understand the concept) is that there is only one God – one sovereign, majestic master of the universe – but he also exists in relationship.  That God the Father, Jesus our Savior and the strange Holy Spirit are all God yet somehow distinct.

In reading John 8 today I thought it was interesting how Jesus said 2 seemingly contradictory things:

  • I do nothing on my own but say only what the Father taught me. (28)
  • Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am![k]” (58)
I think I’ve seen this pattern before in the Gospels – where Jesus is very clear that he only says what the Father has told him – that he was sent from the Father.  Jesus displays obedience and respect for God the Father. But he makes it clear that he is also God – not just part of God – but fully God (‘I AM’ is a very strong statement).
This is very strange – but I wonder if there is something for us to learn in all of this.  I wonder if Jesus is showing us again how to live in relationship – that we can be submissive yet not lose who we are.
Still learning…
Categories: Learning

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