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The mystery of the Trinity

May 29, 2018

For the first time since starting our Discipleship Journey Groups, we held a joint seminar where we brought both groups together. This was a special event and was an opportunity for everyone to get better acquainted. The primary reason this was special was due to the focus on loving God.

Loving God - as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - was the theme as we studied the mystery of the Trinity. Over the past year, questions have arisen in our Journey Groups about the Trinity, many of which we have all probably faced; how are the three one, and yet separate? What does this tell us about who God is and who we are?

Over the course of the few days, we were able to study Scripture, look at some history and consider how the early church dealt with this. At one point, we gave people a chance to go up to the board and draw a diagram to explain the Trinity as best they could.

This was a lot of fun, as each diagram was critiqued by the other members, and what we soon realized was that every drawing and analogy, while helpful, was lacking somewhere. This led to the most wonderful conclusion (and perhaps the main lesson of the time together), that the very core of who God is, is relational and is love. There is no way to confine that to a diagram on a board, or an intellectual discussion. The Trinity is not ultimately something to be explained and made sense of, but rather a relationship to be entered into, to participate in, and to be experienced.

As someone else has helpfully said, if you try to explain the trinity using logic, say with mathematics, you run into a problem. Math is a language, but not a personal one. You can’t say, “I love you,” in mathematics. If God is a loving relationship at the core, and we were made in the image of God, then it means that the meaning of life is to exist in a loving relationship with God and with each other.

“Love God and love your neighbor.” An invitation to relationship with a really, really good God. That…is good news.

By Ben Hayes