Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 19, 2016
By Tripp Prince
I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. John 16:12-15
If someone on an elevator ride asked you to explain what it means that Christians believe in the Trinity, what would you say? If you were to respond by saying that God is one divine being existing eternally as three distinct yet equal persons, you would certainly be theologically correct, but you might leave them more confused than when they first asked!
I’ve found one of the most helpful ways to speak of God as Trinity is to use the language of community. When we say that we believe in a triune God, fundamentally we are saying that we believe God is a community of love.
Have you ever heard it said that God created the world and human beings because he was lonely? I’ve heard this from time to time, but when we see God as a community of love, we must realize that there was never a time when God was alone! In fact, you could say our very desire for community, to be known and know others, exists because we are made in the image of a communal God.
“Community” and “love” are two words that get thrown around a lot. We all seek community and want to be loved, yet why then is community so elusive and love so confusing? In part I think it is because we aren’t exactly clear on what we are looking for! When we say that we value community, what do we actually mean? When we look for love, what are we looking for?
As Christians, we learn how to live in community and how to love by looking to our triune God. We see the Father who in love sends the Son and Spirit (Jn. 14:24-26), the Son who reveals the Father (Mt. 11:27), and the Spirit who glorifies the Son (Jn. 16:14). It is here that we see three persons who exist for the good of the other. Here we see a love that gives itself so fully that it can’t help but overflow and invite others into this way of being. Does your life reflect this kind of community? Is your family life at home characterized by this kind of radical, self-giving love?
Rather than thinking of the Trinity as an abstract Christian belief that is confusing or irrelevant, seek instead to see it as nothing less than the eternal community of love from which all love flows. And the great mystery is that, as we are united to Christ, we are invited into this eternal community of love. As we respond to this invitation, we learn what it truly means to live in community, to love and be loved in return.
PrayerFather, help us to know and reflect the love that you have revealed to us through your Son and have confirmed in our hearts through the work of your Spirit.
ApplicationHow does your life reflect this community of love?
Related ReadingProverbs 8:1-4; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; Luke 10:22
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