May 22, 2016
The Trinity–Why It Matters
Throughout the year we have opportunities to ponder the wonders of creation and be in awe of the Father who created all that exists. At Christmas and Easter we rejoice in the coming of the Son of God and in all that Christ has done for us. Last week we remembered the involvement of the Holy Spirit in the church and in the lives of its members. This is how we understand God—by noticing God’s involvement in the world and in our lives.
Today we think about the Trinity. Despite our love for God, who does so much for us, it is hard to get our minds around the concept of the Trinity. We still cannot understand how God can be three and also one. The best that we can do is to call it a mystery of the Divine and leave it at that.
But the concept of the Trinity offers us more than just questions about God and a recognition that much about God remains unknown to us. Our understanding of the Trinity teaches us at least two lessons that help us in our journey with God. One is about the “fullness of God,” as Paul phrases it in both Ephesians and Colossians. This is more than just the magnitude of God’s presence and power. It is also the complexity of God. God is real and present with us in so many different ways.
The second lesson we learn from our understanding of the Trinity is that God embodies community. The Father, Son, and Spirit are in fellowship with each other. Community is a part of God; so it is a part of our faith. Our faith is not vibrant and complete unless it is expressed through community—with God and with each other.
Tim Byerly, pastor, Southern Province, Winston-Salem, North Carolina