INVITATION TO A LOVE TRIANGLE

The Bible tells us, “God is love”, so I thought I would try something. If we were to take the word “love” and insert it into scripture passages talking about God what would happen?

“In the beginning was the Love, and the Love was with God, and the Love was God” (John 1:1). “Love came to His own, and those who were Love’s own did not receive Love. But as many as received Love, to them Love gave the right to become children of Love, even to those who believe in Love’s name” (John 1:11-12).  How about this one? “And the Love became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw Love’s glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Love, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

Love by its very nature requires more than one person, right? I mean, I can’t love by myself, there has to be an object of love. This I think is why God as a Trinity, (Father, Son and Spirit), makes sense. Although God is one, just by the mere fact we are told He is love reveals we are dealing in some sense with more than one doesn’t it? Think about it this way; in the scriptures we read where the Son is well pleasing to the Father; and the Spirit’s role is to point to the Son. Jesus said on numerous occasions “I only do what I see the Father do”, “the Son can do nothing on His own”, etc. Then He turned around and, speaking of the Holy Spirit, said, “He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify me, for He will take of mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are mine; therefore I said that He takes of mine and will disclose it to you” (John 16:13-15).

While defining love is not so easy to do, one thing is for sure; love is always “for others.” If you take that to be the defining point you will see clearly how God the Father was well-pleased with the Son and the Son promises us the Holy Spirit, who will always take what is the Son’s, which is really the Father’s, and reveal it to us. So the Father points to the Son and says, “look to Him”, while the Son says “Oh no, I can’t do anything apart from the Father”; and the Spirit says, “Pay attention to the Son; because He is the exact representation of the invisible God” (Colossians 2:9).

How does all this apply to me you might ask. Well, this brings us to what the Bible calls “The Gospel” or “good news”. The Good News is this God, who is love, has come to invite us to join Him in this “Love Triangle.” According to Romans six, we that have been baptized into Christ have been joined with Him in His death, therefore we have been joined to Him and raised with Him to walk in newness of life. So we have been co-crucified with Christ and that’s not all. Reading in Ephesians 2 you will discover we have not only been raised, but in fact we have been “seated with Him in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” We as a born-again believer, or receiver of Christ, “may now have fellowship with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3). This is all the work of the Holy Spirit through the Son’s full obedience to the Father, who is Love.

“Whosoever will let him come.”

Louie

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THE TRINITY IS ABLAZE

When one speaks of the Trinity he speaks of a mystery. Over the years I have heard many people use various illustrations in order to define or describe the Trinity. I will share a few with you before we get into what I have discovered as my favorite illustration.

One of the ways I have heard the Trinity described is as water. You can have water in three distinct forms. It can be of course just water as in a glass of water. It can be in its frozen state meaning ice and still retain all the properties of water. And last it can be steam. So we have one thing, water, in three different forms but still being H2O.

Another way I’ve heard it described is using a pretzel. If you think about the most common way that you would see a pretzel as having three open areas created from the way the pretzel is folded. You would have three holes in one pretzel.

Now I would like to share with you the way I have recently come by in describing the Trinity. Oddly enough I believe this is the way God chose to reveal himself and yet it is the way I have heard the least. Throughout the scriptures God is described or defined as a fire. In the Old Testament he is a fire in the burning bush, a fire on Mt. Sinai, a pillar of fire by night to guide Moses and the children of Israel and so on. In the New Testament He is described as a consuming fire. Just what does this mean as far as us understanding the Trinity?

Well, a fire is basically three things happening at once and all three are required for it to exist. The fire itself is putting off light and also creating wind. So we have three parts- fire, light and wind working together. Did you know that is the way a hot air balloon works? The way the balloon is lifted off of the ground is by a fire source that creates the wind which in turn lifts the balloon. So let’s see what we have here. God the Father is the fire, God the Son is the light and God the Holy Spirit is the wind or breath. Without the fire there is no light but without the wind the fire goes out. Isn’t that something all three are required and yet they are one?

Written by Louie