Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Have you ever had to make a decision where a part of you wanted to do one thing, but another part of you wanted to do another?

It may have been deciding if you want to change places of employment, whether or not to choose one job over another.  Maybe to move, buy a car, a house, or any other place we can make decisions.  It can be as small as if you want to stay in bed for an extra 5-10 minutes or get a good, early start on the day.  Maybe what you decide to eat for dinner, pizza or salad? 
Sometimes we choose the pizza because it sounds good, sometimes we pick the salad because it is better for us. 

What are these parts of us that fight against each other?

Is it our spirit fighting against our flesh?  Where does our soul come into play (our consciousness)?  

The Scriptures tell us of the fight between flesh and spirit throughout, but speaks of the war between the two in Galatians 5.  Our soul is our consciousness.  So in effect, there are three parts to us.  We, as humans are three parts that are no separate, these three parts work independently and yet are one and rely on each other.  The three parts are one, and yet the one has three parts.

That sounds a lot like the mysterious trinity, the belief that God is three in one.  

There are not three gods, there is one God.  There are three parts to God, and isn’t it amazing that we are made in His image?  

The trinity has been a point of contention for many centuries.  It is baffling, confounding, and just downright confusing.  Yet in the midst of this perplexing reality, there is some simplicity.  We are made in His image.  While we can never fully understand the fullness of how God operates in the trinity, we can get a small window into this truth by looking at we who are His creation.  

After all, how much of God can we really fully explain?  He does so many things that are beyond our rationality.  We cannot understand the fullness of His love, mercy, grace, faithfulness, among other things.  We can gain a great understanding of His love, grace, mercy, and faithfulness by His revelation and by letting His Spirit work in our lives.  When it comes to the trinity, why do we feel like we must have a complete breakdown, analysis, and explanation?  Isn’t he God?  

I know that I do not have a complete understanding of how the trinity works exactly, but my simple idea fits the truths I have read in the Bible.  That is the most important criteria.  

Basically, I look like my Father.  I am three in one just as He is.  I have my body, spirit, and soul.  He has His body (Jesus), spirit (Holy Spirit), and soul (Father).  We know the trinity to be true because it was visible at Christ’s baptism.  We can’t fully understand all the nuances and details, but we can trust it to be true and can rely on God to reveal all that we need in His time.  

Until then, I am completely satisfied with the knowledge that I am put together like my Father, my Creator, and the One who loves me unconditionally.

1 comment:

Zach Lyons said...

This is awesome. I love the comparison and the simplicity of this post.