“Trinity”

This Weeks Meditation:  “Trinity”
Read: Acts 2:1-40

What do you think of when you hear the word “Trinity?”  Do you
think of the name of a church? Actually, it is a key part of
our Christian theology.  It proclaims God as three divine
persons mentioned throughout scripture. The Father (God), The
Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit (Sent when Jesus
ascended to heaven). The three persons are distinct yet
coexist in unity, and are co-equal, and co-eternal.

Although the word “Trinity” is not used in scripture it is
clearly referenced many, many times throughout the Old and New
Testament.  In the Old Testament prophets would prophesy about
the coming Messiah and the Spirit of God, in the New Testament
we see those prophecies become reality. This coming Sunday is
Pentecost Sunday in which we celebrate the coming of the Holy
Spirit mentioned in Acts 2.

In his book “God in Three Persons: A Doctrine We Barely
Understand,” Dr. Ray Pritchard shares an interesting
illustration of the Trinity that comes from world-renowned
scientist Dr. Henry Morris.

He notes that the entire universe is trinitarian by design.
The universe consists of three things: matter, space, and
time. Take away any one of those three and the universe would
cease to exist. But each one of those is itself a trinity.

Matter = mass + energy + motion
Space = length + height + breadth
Time = past + present + future

Thus the whole universe witnesses to the character of the God
who made it.  It brings Psalm 19:1 to life that says, “The
heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work
of his hands.”

As we celebrate Pentecost and the work of the Holy Spirit in
our lives and in our world we should also celebrate the fact
that God is The Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Three
persons, One God, and an ongoing flow of power, strength,
forgiveness, and whatever else we need to live our lives.

It is often said that the Trinity is a mystery of the
Christian faith.  But if you have experienced the love of God,
the healing and grace of Jesus, and the guidance of the Holy
Spirit, there is no mystery about it.  Therefore, let’s live
in the truth of the Trinity!

Make it personal:  I encourage you to do a little more
studying and learning this week on the doctrine of the
Trinity.  With Study Bibles, Google, Bing, the internet, and
smartphones, we have an unlimited amount of ways to study and
learn, but they are only helpful if we use them in ways that
help us to learn and grow in our Christian walk.

Blessings in your week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church