There is much in the news in recent years about the definition of marriage. Especially now as we await a U.S. Supreme Court decision later this month. The problem is that changing the definition of marriage changes our understanding of God. Our God is a Holy Trinity. Three unique persons, yet only one God. Marriage between a man and a woman brings together two uniquely different natures that compliment each other, and makes them to be truly one. Our sin has vastly clouded this image, but it does not change what God has given. As we understand biblical marriage, and see it portrayed even dimly in our own marriages, we get a small glimpse into the unfathomable nature of our God, diversity and yet perfect unity. No other marriage definition can show us this truth.
Yesterday I mentioned that the truth of the Holy Trinity shows God’s incredible love for mankind. A Father’s love for all His created beings; a Son’s love that was willing to lay down His life to redeem all of wayward mankind; a Spirits love that reside in the beloved to guide and shape life for their best good. This love is deeper and richer than anything we can imagine. But it is not a soft love. It does not simply excuse every action of the beloved. It is a love that has created the beloved to occupy a great and holy purpose, a purpose that brings forth the very best in the beloved. Therefore, the Source of love cannot accept every action and thought, every behavior and philosophy as equally valid. The Source of love must judge certain thing right and others wrong. All paths do not lead to the same good that Love seeks for us. Since the Source of love has revealed Himself in Trinitarian grace, it is for us to seek Him and yield to His gracious hand. Only there do we find our best life.
Yesterday was Trinity Sunday in our church year. The Holy Trinity, the truth that our one God has revealed Himself to mankind in three distinct persons of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is a truth central to our Christian faith. Can we fully explain one yet three? No, but it is a truth expressed throughout the Bible, and witnessed to in our own lives. Even further, it is the truth of God that shows the incredible depth of His love for mankind. God is our Creator. He has brought us into being for fellowship with Himself. Even when we separated ourselves from Him by our rebellion, He has come to us as our Redeemer to buy us back from death. And He is at work daily as Sanctifier to form us into the good nature of Jesus Christ. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, One God reaching out to us in a depth of love, and for an eternal purpose beyond our full comprehension. Can we explain it? No, but we really don’t have to. We come into that love in joy, and seek to live in ways that bring honor to His name.
Yesterday I used the phrase “the one true God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is important for our understanding when we talk about our Lord. There are many so called gods and lords, and many ways of conceiving of Him, but there is only one right description of the God Christians worship, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. This declares the truth in the way God has revealed Himself to us in His trinitarian nature. We believe in the unity of the one true God who has revealed Himself to us as a creating Father, a redeeming Son, and a sanctifying Spirit. The phrase above only speaks of two persons, but leads us to the Scripture which clearly reveals the third, the Holy Spirit, coming to us from the Father as the Lord’s indwelling presence in the believer. To believe in God is fine, but the only God we know is the God of gracious love who has revealed Himself to us as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.