25th November 2018

A Triune Tune

“We have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling his blood.”
1 Peter 1:2 (NIV UK)

At one point during my studies at Azusa Pacific University, I took a class in which we were asked to describe the Trinity. And I’ll tell you, that was a hard assignment! The Trinity is one of those doctrines with which we all are familiar, but when it comes to ‘talking about’ it—well, that can be more than a little difficult. There’s not really a great model in our world to do it justice. But after doing a lot of thinking, this is what I came up with.

We’re all familiar with a basic piano chord, right? It consists of three distinct keys, which are played at the same time to form a unified ‘note’. And while most models that try to ‘explain’ the Trinity fall short, I think this is a nice starting point. We have the FATHER… (one note); … the SON… (a second note);… and the HOLY SPIRIT (a third note). And they work together in unity. The three notes are so entwined in each other that they give us one beautiful and harmonious sound (a chord).

Now, sometimes it can be hard to spot the Trinity in the Bible; the word Trinity isn’t actually in the Bible. But that doesn’t mean that the Father, Son and Spirit aren’t there in the text. Sometimes, what I like to do is to sit down and read through a few passages of scripture and every time I read the word Father, Son or Spirit, I like to hit one of the keys. Let me show you. “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of GOD—the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy scriptures regarding his Son… and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:1-4).

Did you spot it? Father, Son and Spirit? They’re all right there. Let me give you another passages from the Gospel of Matthew. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the FATHER and of the SON and of THE HOLY SPIRIT” (Matthew 28:19). Our Father God has sent his Son to bring us back into Communion with him, and that sanctifying work is continued by and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

So, the next time you’re reading through your Bible, keep your eyes, and maybe, more importantly your ears, open. Listen for the FATHER… The SON… and HOLY SPIRIT… knowing that all of them are working together now and forever to bring you into the deeper knowledge of God.

Prayer
Glorious Father, for some the concept of Trinity is alien. Yet we find it there in your Holy Scriptures. We ask, please, that this understanding will become clear to those who study your word and accept its teachings in their lives. And this we ask in and through Jesus’ holy name.
Amen

Study by Joseph Tkach
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About the Author:
Dr. Joseph Tkach made over 500 Speaking of Life video presentations over the last 11 years (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), and we have used the transcripts of these for our Sunday Day by Days. Speaking of Life has recently run five of Joe’s favourite episodes as a tribute to him. This is the first in the Tribute Series.

Joseph Tkach was the President of Grace Communion International (the Denominational name of The Worldwide Church of God UK), and resides in California, USA. He has now retired and passed the baton to Dr. Greg Williams, but still chairs the Board of Grace Communion International.

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