This morning we continue to looking at our need to be in relationship and how God is a God of relationship seen before creation manifest in the Trinity.
To see why community matters so much to God, we have to go far back in time, back before even the first human beings were created, and try to think what life was like for God before anything else existed. This is where the doctrine of the Trinity becomes very important. As I was growing up, most of what I heard about the Trinity was very confusing to me. I can remember hearing all kinds of metaphors used to try to explain this idea of God as Trinity: The Trinity is like an egg that has a shell, white, and yoke; the Trinity is like water that can be steam, liquid, or ice. But none of these analogies helped very much. Difficult or not, the idea of the Trinity turns out to be vitally important because it tells us that God himself has been experiencing community throughout eternity. The earliest attempts of the church to describe the Trinity don’t talk about eggs or water. They tell us that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit exist as three persons. One God—perfect oneness—yet three persons. Community is rooted in the being of God. Did you ever wonder what life is like inside the Trinity? The writers of Scripture are most interested in talking about God’s relationship to us, so we don’t know a lot about this. But it is worth considering. Do you think there was a lot of bickering about who is the most omniscient or the most omnipotent or which member is the oldest?
Not quite – The life of God is a life of self-giving and other-receiving love.
Father, Son, and Spirit are so close that Jesus could say, “The Father is in me and I am in the Father.” The ancient Greek word for this “mutual indwelling” of the Trinity is perichoresis, which is related to our word choreography. The Trinity exists as a kind of eternal dance of joyful love among Father, Son, and Spirit.
The work of building relationships is the noblest work a person can do. The desire for community is the deepest hunger a human being can have. But no merely human circle of life is truly sufficient. Every circle requires another larger circle to support it. The well-being of families depends in part on schools and neighborhoods and workplaces and cities and nations and economies. Every merely human circle is broken, just as those of us who make them up are broken.
Dallas Willard states, “Ultimately, every human circle is doomed to dissolution if it is not caught up in the life of the only genuinely self-sufficient circle of sufficiency, that of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. For that circle is the only one that is truly and totally self-sufficient. And all the broken circles must ultimately find their healing there, if anywhere.”
As you build relationships are you making God the anchor of your relationships, are you building your circle of relationships supported by the Father, Son and Holy Spirit?