Read John 16
The Trinity can be a confusing concept and understandably so. Three separate entities, one God. All with different jobs and characteristics, but at the same time they all share traits – there is overlap tying them all together. People try to explain it using analogies like an apple – the seeds, skin and flesh, all separate but one apple. With things like this I tend to want the mystery of it to be explanation enough. For example, because I can’t fully wrap my mind around a Triune God, but because there is so much evidence to it in God’s Word and I have experienced the 3 parts of God so intimately for myself I am going to choose to believe by faith in a Triune God. The very fact that this concept is beyond me yet I know it to be true affirms to me the deity of God.There are parts of who he is and what he chooses to do that should not make sense to me. That is what makes him God and me not.
I love how God strings together revelation throughout his word. It makes studying the Bible like reading a mystery. God is the mystery and we are privileged to dig deeper and seek him out, each time learning more about who he is, his character and how he is working in our lives. Knowing God is our greatest treasure and searching him out for ourselves in the pages of the Bible is our greatest adventure. One we can embark on every day.
In John 16 Jesus expands his teaching on the Holy Spirit. For the last few chapters he has been giving us little bread crumbs about the Helper, the Spirit of Truth. I can imagine that the Holy Spirit for the disciples was like a security blanket for a child. Jesus reassures again that he is not leaving them alone but leaving them with a Helper. To know Christ is with me always because his very Spirit lives within me as over and over been my comfort in times of unknown and uncertainty. We see Jesus offering this same assurance to his disciples.
“Because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth, it is to your own advantage that I go away for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you, but if I go I send him to you.” John 16:6&7
Jesus and the Holy Spirit are one, they work in tandem together. In Romans 6:10-11 we see that the very Spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives within us, those who believe. Jesus returned to heaven so that the Spirit could come. The Spirit speaks what Jesus says. The operate together. They are one.
“‘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 of his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you’” John 16:12-14
Everything from Jesus is given to the Spirit and then given to us. Jesus goes on to say in the last verse of this section that all the Father has is his. Enters God the Father and everything from the Father is Jesus’. And here we have the Trinity. Working in perfect tandem together. Jesus is all about God the Father’s work and the Spirit is all about revealing Jesus to us. They all work to glorify each other. They work in unity to reveal a Triune God to us.
If the mystery of God and the Trinity is stopping you from taking the next step of faith because it is difficult for you to get your mind around a Triune God I want to challenge you today to instead of seeing this as a puzzle to be solved see it as a mystery to be uncovered. The more you believe God and seek out the Trinity the more it will be revealed to you.
There is comfort to be found in knowing that God’s ways are not ours. That he is Holy, completely other, separate. I am not God, He is, this reality steadies me as I follow him. It relieves me of the pressure of having to know everything and allows me to trust in someone greater than myself.
- When you think of the Trinity, what are your thoughts? Do you embrace the idea of a Triune God working in tandem together or does it confuse you so you ignore it?
- Each part of the Trinity is equally important and equally God. How have you experienced each part separately in your life?
- What steps does God want you to take today to deeper explore who he is?
Steph is a mom to four girls and wife to one very supportive man. She is the Executive Director of Stories Foundation and is passionate about fighting for freedom both spiritual and physical. Her days consist of car pooling, ministry, parenting and lots of coffee.