Loving The Trinity
Why is the Trinity so Important?
After taking the time to understand the Triune nature of God, we must then ask ourselves: Why is the Trinity so important? Why does it matter if God is Triune or not?
To begin answering this question, remember that there are three Persons within the Trinity who are eternally co-existing with one another. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (who are all God) are in eternal fellowship with one another and therefore, have always Loved one another. Now imagine how much each Person of the Trinity must Love one another. Imagine how much God the Father, who is infinite in all His ways, Loves The Son who is also infinite. There are no words that do justice in describing the magnitude of how much Love exists with the Trinity, but understand that their Love for one another extends far beyond creation itself and is so infinite and boundless.
Now if God was not Triune, but rather existed as one being and one person, of course he would be able to love, but his love would require that he have creation to express that love towards. After all, you cannot express love unless there was something to be loved in the first place. This would mean that god’s love is conditional, requiring that creation must exist in order for him to express his love. But with The God of the Bible, because each Person in the Trinity has eternally existed, they have also eternally Loved one another, thereby making Love an Unconditional and Eternal Truth. Because of the Trinity, Love has never ceased to exist, but has rather existed as long as God Himself. The very nature of Love is one with God and this is why John writes in 1 John 4:8,16 that “God IS Love”. Christians therefore do not proclaim a God that is simply Loving, but rather a God who is Love Himself.
But the story doesn’t end here. Remember how I asked you to think of how much each Person of the Trinity must Love one another? And now that we understand just how boundless Love itself is, once again imagine how such boundless and unconditional Love is expressed between the boundless and infinite Persons of The Trinity.
With this in mind, let us then revisit what the scriptures say about God’s Love for His children.
In John 15:9, Jesus tells us that in the same way The Father has Loved The Son, so too does The Son love us. Additionally, Romans 8:15-17 says that we have been adopted into the family of the Father, becoming co-heir with Christ through His sacrifice on the cross. So not only does Jesus love us in the same infinite way that the Father Loves Him, But The Father Himself has adopted us and called us His own, thereby expressing that same eternal and boundless Love directly to us. The Love of the Trinity has therefore been extended out from an eternal and perfect fellowship to all of God’s children. The Father is as in Love with us as He is in Love with The Son, and The Son is as crazy about us as He is about the Father while also having The Spirit indwell us Himself.
Because of The Trinity, we understand that Love is an eternal and infinite Truth that would not be possible without the Triune God. And because we can understand the magnitude of Love itself, we can then begin to realize just how much God Loves us all. But, in the same way that there are no words that do justice to the Glory of God, so too are there no words that allow us to fully realize just how much He Loves us.
The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all worthy of the eternal and perfect Love they share. Yet while we were imperfect and sinful, God extended this Love to us through Jesus Christ whose sacrifice has made us whole. Jesus’ sacrifice is the ultimate display of God’s everlasting Love as Jesus says in John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends”. There is therefore no greater Love than the Love God has for his children. The Love God has for you is boundless and unconditional and there is nothing that can separate us from this Truth.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:17-19)
This was the last part of the “Triune” series here at Chasing Truth where we spent some time unraveling the doctrine of the Trinity. There is so much more that can be said about this topic and it is something that truly surpasses our limited understanding. As you go about continuing to learn about the nature of God, never forget the truth of His Love and Mercy as He all guides us in our everyday lives.
God Bless you all.
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Michael Jones, InspiringPhilosophy Ministry