Creation by committee
Pastor Mark Jeske
God gave us his Word to create and sustain our faith. Much of its content we can actually understand. Some of it remains a profound mystery, beginning with the very identity of God himself.
Already in the 200s a.d. Christians were using the term Trinity (tri-unity) to summarize this mystery. God’s self-revelation in the pages of Scripture reveals a powerful unity of being, purpose, and action, but also three distinct persons with distinct minds and distinct functions. The Bible calls them the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—each fully God, yet unique in how they relate to each other and what they do to bring about the rescue of the sinful human race.
The Trinity did not come into existence with the birth of Christ in Bethlehem or with the special outpouring of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Father, Son, and Spirit were at work together, a sort of divine committee for the planning, engineering, and construction of the universe from the very beginning: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image’” (Genesis 1:1,2,26).
On the annual feast day of the Holy Trinity, lift up your eyes to heaven and speak your worship and appreciation that you are allowed to be part of this absolutely marvelous enterprise.
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