Going Deeper 6-14-19

‚ÄčThe Gospel reading for Trinity Sunday...
John 16:12-15   "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.  He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you.  All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you."

This is a great Gospel text for Trinity Sunday, with Jesus, the Son of God, teaching about both the Spirit and the Father.  The doctrine of the Trinity has long been considered to be a foundational part of the teaching of the Church.  The problem is, this doctrine is in truth impossible to fully understand, which has caused all sorts of controversy and division for a long, long time.

I guess it's understandable that something so hard to understand would lead to division, but the sad thing is that the doctrine of the Trinity really is all about unity, about being distinct and one at the very same time.  In a sense, the Trinity shows God's intention for creation-- unique individuals can still experience community, three can be one... even billions can be one!  In other words, unity has never been based on uniformity!

Below I have provided a link to an excellent 8-minute video from The Bible Project (I urge you to find time to view it!) which does as effective of a job of teaching this complex doctrine as I have ever come across.  Yes, it is still mind-blowing... but that's kind of the point.  And be sure to hang in there until the end as the very last line is an awesome summation of it all: "But the God of the Bible isn't a Being that you understand... the point is to know and be known by this God so that we can participate in His love."

https://thebibleproject.com/explore/god/

With You in God's Love,

Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church
Wellington, Colorado

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."