Devotion and Prayer for Week of June 3, 2012

Meditation for the Week of June 3, 2012

 

The Holy Trinity:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit –

In many Christian churches this past Sunday Holy Trinity Sunday was celebrated.  One of the ancient ecumenical creeds, the Athanasian Creed was used as a part of the worship service.  The pastor probably explained that this rather long creed is a strongly Trinitarian creed, which serves to refute or counteract a number of heresies, false teachings, about the Trinity.

To be honest the Holy Trinity is sometimes difficult to understand especially when we confess that we worship one God and only one God.  But then we talk about God having three distinct persons, which we know as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Great theological books have been written about this difficult teaching, enough books to fill several bookshelves.  Yet for most of us we are hard pressed to explain how we have one God with three distinct persons.  Many noted theologians advise us that the best thing we can do is just believe it and not try to explain it. I agree but thought it would be good for us to review a bit about the three distinct persons that make this one God in three persons.

First is God the Father, the Almighty, the God who is over all.  Many of us think of this as the head God, more God than the other persons in the trinity.  While we say that all three are God and are equal, this thought exists because we talk about this person of God as the Transcendent God. The God who is above and over everything, the God who makes the universe spin and envisioned all that is.  This is the God who is so awesome, so powerful, so wonderful that the ancient Jews would not speak his name.

The second person of the Holy Trinity is Jesus Christ, the God with whom we probably most identify, because he took on human form and lived among us.  Using the term “immanence” represents this concept.  He is the God with us, Immanuel.  The God who looks like us, lived where we lived, knows hunger, pain, suffering, joy, and love.  This is the God who we feel most comfortable with. Yet this God is also totally God and awesome, mighty and powerful.  This is the God who the Apostle John stated created everything that was created.

Finally, we have the third person of the trinity, the Holy Spirit.  This is the least understood of the three persons in the trinity and is the one who is hardest to get our arms around, because he is after all a spirit.  Yet the Holy Spirit is fully God and hovered over the waters of the earth at creation.  This spirit of God has played major roles throughout both the Old and the New Testament and is regarded as the author of the Bible by working through men.  It is the Holy Spirit who brings to each and every one of us the gift of faith so that we accept the Good News of our great and mighty Triune God.

It is easier to believe and accept the truth of one God and three distinct persons that to explain it.  Thank God he gives us the gift of faith to know and believe his Word to us.

Our Weekly Prayer 

O gracious, God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I know that my ways are not your ways.  I know that you are beyond my comprehension and understanding.  Yet, I know that my faith does not depend on my ability to understand all things.  Rather my faith depends upon the grace, mercy and love that you show to me through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Lord grant me just the right amount of understanding to know that I need you in my life each and every day.  Grant me the abiding presence of your transcendent, immanent and indwelling person in my life each and every day.  I pray this in the name of my mighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen