Today is Trinity Sunday. We celebrate this day on the first Sunday after Pentecost. At Pentecost, God came to dwell within His people in Spirit form. It was here that the early churches started recognizing the doctrine of the Trinity, being God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The three interdependent persons of God. I’m sure you have heard people refer to the Triune God we serve. We can have a relationship with all three persons of the Trinity, but this is a concept that we struggle to get our heads around.
John Wesley is believed to have said, “Bring me a worm that can comprehend a man, and then I will show you a man that can comprehend the Triune God.”I think we can all agree that God is love and love is at the centre of the character of God. The more you engage with this doctrine and with God’s love for you, the more you will come to see and know the character of our Triune God. I would like to plant a few thoughts in your mind that I read from John Wesley in trying to understand the Trinity.
- Without the Trinity, the gospel would be impossible. Jesus came into this world out of God’s love to save us. Without God seeking after us in love, in human form through Jesus, the gift of salvation would not be ours to receive.
- Without the power of the Trinity, God would not be able to draw us to Himself. As Christians we believe that God is the author and perfector of our faith. God draws us to Himself through the gift of His Son and the power of His Spirit.
- Without the Trinity, overcoming sin would not be possible. On our own, we can never be sinless. Through the love of Jesus our sins have been removed, but Jesus states clearly that it is only through the power of Holy Spirit, not our own strength, that we can overcome the power of sin.
These aspects of our faith could not be entrusted to angels or mere human beings, but we can know the love of our Heavenly Father through His power, through the love of His Son and through the presence of His Spirit. This is the depth of God’s love for us.
Think on that a while.