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The concept and doctrine of the Trinity is enough to give anyone a headache. And the various metaphors people use to make it easier to grasp all fall short of adequately capturing this doctrine. But in this message I suggest that the evidence for a triune (three-in-one) God provided in the scriptures lead us to a fairly simple but important conceptualisation of the Trinity, viz. God is about relationship.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit have co-existed from before the creation of time and space. They have been in eternal relationship with one another from before the beginning. This relationship between the three is so intense, so powerful, so intimate, so harmonious, that they are in fact one being, one God. This relationship is one of perfect love. Only love can weld three persons together into one being.
If relationship is so central to the being of God, then relationship should be central to us also. We are created in God’s image, and that image is relationship. So, our relationships should be important to us, vitally important to us. We are most like God when we are in relationships that reflect the love we find between Father, Son and Spirit.
This plays out at the macro level, in relations between people of a different race, ethnic group, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion, denomination, and so on. In South Africa, we have been well-schooled in othering and diminishing those who are different from us. There is no place in God’s Kingdom for such othering.
This plays out also at the micro level, in our relationships with our parents, siblings, spouse, children, friends, co-workers, neighbours and fellow Christians. How are we doing with these?
Today – Trinity Sunday – we need to reflect critically on our relationships with others and repent from the ways in which our relationships are broken. We need to hold before us the model of the triune God and strive to become related to others like Father, Son and Spirit are related to each other.
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My hard drive has given up the ghost and I have had it replaced by a specially clever person and most stuff is working well again.
However, getting on to your site to hear your message is held up in all sorts of issues and I haven’t been able to listen to this one – most distressing.
Is it possible that you can make a suggestion of how to get to the message ?
I always share your message with Kathy – I haven’t yet found out if she has been able open it.
I also can’t get to this particular message and I would so like to hear it.
Hi Joan. Thanks for your message. I see I did not create the hyperlink to the recording. I’m so sorry about that! John, I realise now that I didn’t realise that the problem was the link. Sorry again! I’ve now created the hyperlink at the top of the message, so you should be able to access the message now. Here it is also: https://www.dropbox.com/s/090bahfbc0ifyu2/2019.06.16_Trinitarian_Relationship.mp3?dl=0 Blessings, Adrian