Triune God: Father, Mediator, Guide /// wholly Father, wholly Son, wholly Spirit three in one.
Three distinct persons ONE glorious God!
"There is no greater mystery in all the earth and no greater paradox in our understanding than the awe-inspiring doctrine of the Trinity. Words and images fall short of capturing the beauty and magnificence of the Father, Son, and Spirit making up the Godhead."
We don't go it alone in this life, for Jesus doesn't go it alone in Eternal Life.
The tri-unity — Trinity — of God's personhood is no mere technicality, but truly the central relationship of the Christian faith. It can seem confusing and get overwhelming. Metaphors abound, yet each word picture falls short of the good news for us from the eternal Godhead.
As J.I. Packer strongly reminds us, "The gospel involves all three persons—the Father, whose kingdom it is; the Son, who was to die on the cross; and the Holy Spirit, who brings you to new birth."
That's why we can pause from just inviting Jesus in our lives (since our lives are an abject mess), and rather take of Jesus' invitation as He invites us into His life. The Son welcomes us with open arms to know and enjoy the Father and the Spirit as He does. Imagine! Well, we don't have to create a new reality, for Jesus has set the world in order for us:
When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." —John 17:1-3
This is the Good News! Jesus, the true and better Son, entered the world He and the Father and the Spirit made, in order to bring all the wayward sons and daughters home. He knows where we've been and went all in on our rescue. All of Scripture emphasizes this relationship, pointing to God's triune mission. We get to join Them! The Spirit makes us new, to join the work of the Son in the Love of the Father. God is Three-in-One.
Far before anything and anyone was created, the Father, Son, and Spirit enjoyed one another to the fullest and decided in creative unison to make the world, to create us in God's image. God had no need for community, yet wanted to share eternal joy. Love comes from God, for God is Love.
By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. —1st John 4:13-16
Let us abide in God. The Father, Son, and Spirit welcome us Home.
Guest Author: Jeff Patterson; Renew Church - Oregon City, Oregon