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12
Nov
2015

Our New Testament text this week takes us to an Old Testament text, Psalm 110. While not stated directly, the doctrine of the Trinity is certainly implied. Father, Son and Spirit are all present in the text and yet the Scriptures teach that there is one God, not three. Cults are cults because they err on this doctrine. They either deny it or reduce it to humanly understandable terms. The doctrine of the Trinity is admittedly hard to comprehend. Alister McGrath recounts a humorous incident from his childhood about this. He grew up in Ireland in the 1950’s. Using the Book of Common Prayer in their Sunday worship, they recited one of the creeds that affirmed “the Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible.” A local, slightly deaf farmer boomed out, “The whole d*** thing is incomprehensible.” McGrath wrote, “The congregation had paused for breath at that particular point and had no difficulty in hearing this piece of theological commentary.” I’m a little ashamed that this makes me lol. I attended an Ordination Council a few weeks ago and the candidate was asked what he thought about some of the common analogies used to illustrate the Trinity. He said without fanfare that none of them work. He was right! Trying to explain the incomprehensible demonstrates the need for a trip to the Dictionary. McGrath goes on to suggest the reason for our inability: 1) There are limits to what we can understand. We are created beings and as creatures, “There are certain limitations under which we—as humans—are obliged to operate.” 2) We are sinners. Our brokenness is pervasive, affecting every part of our being. To deny its effects is ludicrous. Of course this inability bothers us, especially in a day when people think the only things that are believable are the ones that are perfectly explainable empirically. But the Scriptural record affirms the reality of the Three but One and One but Three God. The Father, Son and Spirit are all affirmed as Divine. Yet, the Word is clear that there is one God. We have three main options here. 1) We can deny it outright because we cannot make it work scientifically. 2) We can reduce it and redefine it to make it explainable in human terms. Or, 3) We can accept it and rejoice in the application of this reality. Upon this doctrine all the important truths of our faith are built…love, relationship, redemption, restoration, resurrection, eternal bliss and ultimate joy to name a few. The fact that Messiah is both David’s son and David’s Lord shut the Pharisee’s mouths. I pray it will open ours in praise and adoration of our wonderful, incomprehensible but knowable Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 
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