May 31, 2015 – Holy Trinity Text: John 3:1-17
Dear Friends in Christ,
Have you ever had those moments when you just weren’t being yourself? Something or someone made you grumpier than usual. Maybe it was lack of sleep, a bad review at work or your favorite team lost. At our house we have a little code phrase, “You are a little salty.” We all have said or been told, “Hey, that’s just not like you”? We know who people are by what they do. What we do expresses who we are.
This is true of God as well. We know God by what He does. We can’t travel to find God and then study his habits and write a paper on what He’s made of. No, we know Him by what He does, by His actions. He reveals himself to us in His saving work. Today we focus on the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and as we do we focus on the love of God Himself.
“THE TRINITY OF LOVE”
I find it crucial in life to be true to who you are. One thing that bothers me in life is “fake” people who are not being themselves. A local couple I recently read about were being true to themselves. In the local anniversary announcements for their 35th Wedding anniversary it didn’t say they were taking a cruise or having a family dinner like so many others. It said this: “(They) celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary by monitoring the calving barn for their beef cattle operation.” Now that is being who you are.
That’s a picture of God. God is three persons who love. Jesus leads Nicodemus to see that in our text. This one God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Nicodemus understands that Jesus comes from God. “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” (v. 2) In verse 13 Jesus hints to Nicodemus that He is the Son. Verse 5 completes the Trinity. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” What binds these three together is love. John writes, “God is love” (1 John 4:8). At the baptism and transfiguration of Jesus, the Father says, “This is my Son, whom I love.” The God who is a Trinity is a God of love. Thus He is “being himself” when He sends his Son to die on the cross, and we can trust and rejoice in his never-changing love. God loves us!
Unfortunately this has never been enough for sinful man. One of the great architects of the American Republic in its founding years was Thomas Paine. Some might think that Paine was a Christian from things he said or wrote. For example, in The Age of Reason (1795), he wrote, “I believe in one God and no more.” If you read some of his other writings or read even further in The Age of Reason, you see that Thomas Paine was a Deist who believed in God, and nothing more. That is, he believed in God’s existence, in a general sense, but he would affirm no particular God as the true God, nor any particular doctrines revealed by or about that God.
How many today believe that way. They believe God exists in some way but nothing more. Some don’t even go that far. Pagans in Touch, a local group that made the paper, had this to say. The pagan belief system has them worshipping an array of gods, which have been purposely chosen to suit their needs.
Nothing new here. People worshipping God how they want Him. But if all one knows about God is that He exists, one will never know what is necessary for eternal salvation. It is a pity, because it is very simple. It was true for Old Testament Israel when they confessed the one and only Lord (Deut. 6:4). It was true as Jesus spelled it out, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (v. 16) The Trinity of Love is all we need to be saved.
Math in the Bible is not always the same as our math. Take marriage as an example. The Bible says that because of the God-given love in marriage, the two partners become one. So it is with God Himself. Because of divine love, the three persons are united in one God.
On this day we give thanks for the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. We are assured that The Trinity of Love is not temporary but is eternal. Jesus was sent by the Father not to condemn the world but to save the world. The Holy Spirit is part of that.
You have the love you need from those being true to themselves: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When it comes to your eternal destiny and eternal happiness, The Trinity of Love is a blessing for you.