Devotion for May 22, 2018

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever
believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not
send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the
world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17

The fact that Christians believe in the Triune God has always made us
quite a bit different from other religions. It’s a difficult thing to grasp–
that we believe in one God who is three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy
Spirit. We don’t believe in three Gods who work together, nor do we
believe that God has three different faces that He shows at different
times. We believe that the Persons of the Trinity–Father, Son, and Holy
Spirit–are distinct and yet are together one God. This is confusing for
fallen human reason. Many manmade religions believe in one single
God, but who’s not triune. Other manmade religions believe in many
gods, but who aren’t one. All of this shows us that the Triune God isn’t
something that human reason can invent all on its own. God has to
reveal Himself to us as three-in-one.

What does it mean that God is Triune (or three-in-one)? It means first
of all that He’s a God who communicates. Because there are three
Persons, they communicate with each other. At the creation of the
world, we hear God speaking to God: “Let us make man in our own
image, after our likeness.” He communicates. And because we’re made
in His image, that means that He wants us to speak and communicate.
He wants to speak and communicate with us.

It’s by knowing that God is three-in-one that we can learn what exactly
it is that He wants to communicate. He wants to tell us that He loves us.
The fact that God is three Persons in one God tells us that He loves.
After all, for love to exist, there has to be someone who loves and
someone to be loved. The Father loves the Son, the Son is loved by the
Father. All three Persons of the Trinity perfectly love one another and it’s
that love that overflows and fills all creation. We learn that God loves–
that God is love–from the fact that He is Triune. We know that He’s not
only capable of love, but that He expresses it fully and perfectly
between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He expresses it fully and perfectly
to us.

We can learn a lot about God when He shows us that He is three-in-one.
This is a great mystery that may be difficult for us to understand (in
fact, our human minds will never fully figure it out), but it does show us
who He is and what He does for us. We give thanks that this wonderful
mystery has been revealed to us and we marvel at how our Lord is so
much greater than we could have ever imagined.

Prayer: Almighty and everlasting God, You have given us grace
to know You as Triune–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Keep us
steadfast in this faith and defend us from all adversities; for
You, O Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, live and reign, one God, now
and forever. Amen.