As usual, thanks for checking out my blog! I just want to emphasize again that I’m not a theolgian and I’m not seminary trained, so go easy on me! This is another long post and I throw a lot of Bible verses at you, so hang in there! I hope that even if you don’t agree with my personal beliefs, this blog inspires you to do some research, reading, praying, and discernment to try to figure out what you do believe. Enjoy, everyone!
So if you’ve read my last blog, you know that there are 2 things that I think are essential to understanding God’s love story for us. If you haven’t read that post, you should definitely check that out here.
This week’s focus is on the Trinity- God in 3 parts: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
This is crucial.
I think that the concept of the Trinity is the most beautiful summary of God’s unending love for His people.
In the beginning there was God. Amidst God, was God the Father. God the Father who created the heavens and the earth, light and darkness, water and land, vegetation and food, night and day, animals, and mankind.
God created Adam and Eve, and in them, created humanity.
God loved us from the beginning. He saw that all he had made was very good (Gen 1:31). He loved us so much that He made us in His likeness, then He gave us the entire world to take care of. He made us stewards of the earth and all of His creations. The only rule was, “You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” That was the only rule.
So naturally what do Adam and Eve do? Eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Now, lets take a second and evaluate this whole situation. God loved us so much that he created us. Then He loved us so much that He gave us reign over the land and beasts of the earth. And then He loved us so much to warn us not to eat from that which was dangerous. So in summary, God showed unending love and mankind threw that back in his face and essentially said “Love, shmove- we want knowledge.”
Enter sin into mankind.
Imagine that you’re God. I would be devastated. Here are my creations, my children, my people. I have loved them into creation, into life. And they have done the one thing that I commanded them not to do- the one thing that will tear their souls away from me.
Think about it- you’re God. You can just pick Adam and Eve up, wad them up like a ruined sheet of paper and say “Welp, they suck- back to square one- maybe I’ll try a different kind of dust this time.”
But He didn’t.
God still loves.
In fact, God is love.
1 John 4:8 says, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
God the Father, the first part of the Trinity we encounter, he is love. He is the creator. He is the Father of humanity. He is a big and powerful God who has created the plan of redemption and salvation (Eph 1:3-9).
God the Father’s love is unending. It is all powerful. It is eternal.
God the Father loved us into being and loved us enough to know that after the fall, we needed redeeming grace to be reconciled to Him
Enter God the Son.
The continuation of God the Father’s love for mankind.
John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Matthew 3:17 says, (After Jesus is baptized ) “And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.'”
Jesus is the love of God the Father manifested in flesh and blood, sent into the world to reconcile mankind back to Him.
John 3:17 says, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
God the Father sends God the Son.
But **SPOILER ALERT** Jesus dies.
God the Son sacrifices himself on the cross as the great love story continues.
God the Son, Jesus, must die to accomplish what he has been sent to do.
Take a minute to think about the magnitutude of love shown in the crucifiction of Jesus.
This wasn’t easy. Even for our Lord, this was truly a sacrifice.
In Luke 22:42, Jesus prays “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Then, in Luke 22:44, its says, “And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”
Jesus was sweating blood. Have you ever been in such anguish that you sweat blood? (That’s an actual thing- it’s called hematidrosis)
Yet, God the Son continues anyway. He drinks the cup. He does God the Father’s will. He is crucified for the sins of the world. He reconciles God’s people to Him.
And then something incredible happens.
Enter God the Holy Spirit, sent into the world to raise God the Son from the dead.
Jesus is risen! God the Son is resurrected, and after a period of time, he ascends. But before he his taken into heaven he says, “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49).
God the Father has promised His people, “another Counselor to be with you forever- the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16).
After God the Son has been resurrected and ascends, God the Father sends the Holy Spirit to dwell among his people- to guide and comfort, renew and annoint, convict and santify.
The love story continues.
God continues in His mission to love His people.
From the moment Adam and Eve took a bite of the forbidden fruit, God knew that we would be divided from him, turned away with our eyes on sin and not on Him.
God knew from the beginning that this was going to happen, and He took care of it from the beginning…The Lamb of God (Jesus) was slain from the foundation of the world (Rev 13:8)
So lets take a trip back to last week’s post and talk about time.
Just take a second and remember that God is outside of time. He is in every moment, all the time. He is no restricted to the bounds of time, instead He has created time to help His people. To God, all time is now- the past, the present, the future- it’s all “now” to God.
So…that means that on the first day when God created light, He knew that Adam and Eve would sin. He knew that His people would be torn from him. He knew that He would have to send His son to reconcile us back to Him. He knew that He would have to send the Holy Spirit to raise Jesus and to dwell among us eternally to guide and comfort us. He knew all of this before we even came to be.
All along, God the Father knew he would have to send His son. All along, God the Son knew He would hang on the cross for our sins. All along, God the Holy Spirit knew it would descend upon us, raise Jesus from the dead and reside in and among us. All from the beginning.
Brace yourselves, folks, it’s about to get exciting:
John 1:1-2 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the begining.”
Jesus is the Word. Jesus was with God in the beginning. Jesus is God.
Genesis 1:26 says, “Then God said ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.'”
“Then God said ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…”
All along, the trinity was there. All along, God was 3 persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Each part of the Trinity plays an essential role in God’s love story. They are all God- they are all equal and all separate, yet they are all God.
God consists of:
God the Father of creation and the father of a plan for redemption.
God the Son of the Father, sent to redeem the world.
God the Holy Spirit, promised by God the Father and foretold by God the Son, sent to dwell among God’s people forever.
God’s three parts enable Him to better care for and love mankind. Without one part, we are lost. They are all distinctly vital to our journey of reconciliation and salvation.
I think that for anyone to understand God’s word, it’s crucial to understand this concept because it so perfectly lays out God’s unconditional, unending love for us. His 3-in-1 nature, I believe, is His way of pursuing His people. When He had the ability to essentially forget all about mankind, He instead sent Himself to redeem us and sent Himself to be with us eternally.
That, my friends, is a true love story.