Triune, Most Definitely

“My Father.”

“Father, if it be thy will…”

“This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”

“I do only that which the Father tells me.”

“If it be possible take this cup away from me.”

“The Comforter when he is come will lead you into all truth.”

Here we have statements which make no sense at all if the Godhead does not operate through three personalities of unified purpose.

Contentious ones will argue that the word “trinity” does not appear in the Canon. They suggest that the manifestations of God are much too complex to be described in the ordinary words of men. Some call themselves Unitarian; others United Pentecostal or “Jesus only”.

But if I do not see the person Jesus engaging with the person Father God I lose all sight of the Son’s heroic obedience throughout life, His victorious submission in Gethsemane and needful intercession from the Cross. I have almost entered the realm of Greek mythology where gods came down from the mountain to play capriciously with mortals and to work precious little toward reconciliation. Messiah has ceased to be an encouraging forerunner offering real hope that we might follow. God becomes too great and too remote.

We need, and we do in fact have, the man Christ Jesus. He is declared throughout the Gospels as God’s Son and equal. At times he is seated at the right hand of the Father. Now who gets to sit in the presence of deity or monarchy?


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