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The complex Triune God

‘The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.’ 2Corinthians 13.14

The complex nature of God is remembered in the church calendar each Trinity Sunday (this year on the 22nd May). Three persons in one God can be difficult for any of us to comprehend. However, it should not really be surprising that the one true God, creator and sustainer of this universe, is complex. He is so far above us in all his attributes that although we can truly know him we cannot fully comprehend him. Our minds are finite, God is infinite, so we will never totally grasp all that he is. He is the Holy Trinity, a divine community of perfect love.
He is the generous God, who has created this world with its amazing abundance of life, including creatures like us, made in his image, whom he can relate to in a personal way. He is the covenant God, who makes verbal promises and agreements with us, and who commits to adopt us into his family if we will only love and obey him. He is the just God, who in righteous anger must punish sin and wickedness because of his incomprehensible purity and holiness. He is the loving God, who longs to pardon his people on the basis of the death of his only Son, and who will not give up on his world even though it has turned against him. He is the missionary God, who has sent his Son to seek and to save the lost, and who sends his followers to proclaim the good news of salvation in Jesus’ death on the cross.
The doctrine of the Trinity contradicts what other monotheistic religions, eastern religions and the cults say about their gods. However, we are asked to trust God when he tells us what he is like, in his Word. It is a little like how you trust a doctor when you go to his surgery with a suspected illness. You explain your symptoms to him and expect him to know what to do to make you well. You do not have all his understanding so you must trust what he tells you and trust his words on the prescription. God’s Word tells us that he is the Holy Trinity, one God in three persons. And we are asked to make our faith-commitment to this Triune God.

Sincerely in Christ

Bill