The Doctrine of The Trinity (Part 2)

The doctrine of the Trinity is to the Christian experience of God, what grammar is the poetry. It establishes a structure, a framework which allows us to make sense of something which far surpasses it. It is the skeleton supporting the flesh of Christian experience.”

Alister McGrath

Why Is The Doctrine Of The Trinity Important For The Christian?

  1. The Atonement

Unless we understand that Jesus is fully God, we are in grave danger of misrepresenting what happened at Calvary. Some Preachers speak of Jesus as a morally perfect man, as a blameless beloved only son upon whom God places the guilt and punishment of our sins. This suggests that Jesus Christ ended up as a victim, much in the same way as a human father might offer up his son. Some have even gone as far as telling stories of human fathers sacrificing the lives of their children for the sake of other people. Such an analogy can be profoundly problematic, in that it understandably strikes many as deeply unfair and unjust or as some have put it; “Cosmic Child Abuse”.

Only when we take seriously the revelation that the Son is as much God — Creator and Sustainer of all things, that this misunderstanding can be avoided and things will begin to fall in place. It is none other than the very creator of the universe whom by His own free and sovereign choice decides to take into Himself the judgement that should have fallen on us. The person on the cross is none other than the eternal God Himself.

2. The Problem Of Suffering And Evil

Much has been said about the problem of suffering and evil and there is perhaps more than can be said about it, but once all is said and done, one thing remains: whatever else one may say about the God of the Bible, He is most emphatically not a high and lofty being that remains unmoved and unconcerned by our suffering. He entered right into the middle of it as one of us. He suffered injustice, rejection, pain, abandonment and death itself. The greatest darkness came when the eternal Son experienced the Father’s forsakenness as He hung on the cross and cried out “Eli Eli Lama Sabachthani” — (“My God, My God, why have thou forsaken me?”). The pain that went through the Godhead as the father suffered the death of His Son, and the Son, the wrath of the Father, in the Spirit, goes far beyond what we can imagine. It shows that God is not a stranger to our suffering and He also paid the ultimate price to overcome both the pain of our suffering and the guilt of our sin, offering reconciliation and healing to all.

3. The Dynamics of Our Devotional Lives

It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

(Mark 1:9‭-‬11 NKJV)

In Mark 1:9–11, we see distinctly, all three persons of the Godhead — The Son (Jesus Christ) standing in the river Jordan being baptized by John the Baptist, the Father, speaking from heaven, expressing His love for the Son and the Spirit descending from the Father on the Son. Amazing!

Now, where can we as Christians be found in this picture?

To them, God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory

Colossians 1:27 NKJV

In Colossians 1:27, the Apostle Paul tells us that Christ in us is the hope of glory. Paul also writes in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation..”. Again and again, in the New Testament, we constantly come across the phrases; “Christ in you” and “You in Christ’. Paul uses the phrase to explain the conditioning of a Christian. In fact, He uses the term; “In Christ” over eighty times in his Epistles to speak of our salvation. If that is the case, it speaks a lot about how we should look at Mark 1:9–11.

It places us at the very centre of the event of Christ’s baptism. The love that the Father pours out through the Spirit is not directed to someone else out there, it is directed to us. The Father calls us His beloved Children. He sends the Holy Spirit on us in Christ. In Christ, we are partakers of the divine nature. We find ourselves at the very centre of this eternal outpouring of love that lies at the core of the universe. The Father directs to us the very same eternal love that He has always had for the Son from before the beginning of time. The Spirit of God fills our hearts. The Father’s love and pleasure is not earned by us but by His Son, whom He eternally loves. In loving Jesus, God the Father loves us as His own.

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5 NIV)

As followers of Christ, it is the same Holy Spirit that testifies that we are children of God — that Spirit by whom we cry “Abba Father!”. Thus, this is where we are meant to live — surrounded by God, in Christ, filled with the Holy Spirit. Glory Hallelujah!

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. (II Corinthians 13:14 NKJV)

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Writer and Blogger. Main interests are history, religion, philosophy, psychology, politics and current cultural/societal events.