28th January 2013

A Tale Of Two Trinities 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 (NIV)

Practical development of the first nuclear device began in 1942 with the inauguration of the Manhattan Project. The code name chosen for the site of the first test was “Trinity.” The origin of this name is unclear, but is often attributed to J. Robert Oppenheimer, the scientific head of the Manhattan Project. According to Oppenheimer, when he chose the name he was mindful of the poetry of John Donne and based the name “Trinity” on the fourteenth Holy Sonnet of the 16th century English poet and cleric.

Years later Oppenheimer revealed that while witnessing the explosion he thought of a verse from the Hindu holy book, namely, “I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” The date of the “Trinity” test is usually considered to be the beginning of the atomic age; an age where man’s creation has given him the ability to be the ‘destroyer of worlds’.

By contrast, the Bible reveals the Trinity to be the creator and sustainer of worlds. The Father through the Son by the Holy Spirit brought this universe into existence. It is through the Son that the whole of creation owes its continuing existence. Paul, writing about the supremacy of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, states, “…all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17). The Greek verb in the latter sentence has the perfect tense indicating that all things have held together and are still in a state of being held together by the Son. A similar sentiment about Christ is expressed by the author of Hebrews, “…sustaining all things by his powerful word,” (Hebrews 1:3).

God is intimately involved in, although not part of, his universe. The world God brought into being, he declared to be good.  Although now fallen, it is not intrinsically evil. Through the incarnation, life, death and resurrection of the Son, God has begun the recreation of the fallen world beginning with humanity. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). God is upholding the universe and inexorably carrying it through to his desired end which is the complete restoration and renewal of all creation, including a new heaven and earth (Revelation 21:1).

Whilst living in a fallen world, with its troubles and problems, we can be comforted by the same assurance of God’s ultimate control over events, that he gave to Judah at the beginning of their 70 years’ exile in captivity in Babylon, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Father we thank you that by grace you brought this universe into being and sustain it; and by grace we have salvation and an eternal future through Jesus Christ.

Study by Eddie Marsh

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