Sunday, 19 June 2011

Life in 3D

Well, Trinity Sunday has arrived and this morning we looked at the readings listed below on the previous post. 

Recently I had the opportunity to take two of our daughters to the latest Pirates movie - in 3D. You know, the type of movie where you have to wear the polarized glasses which allow you to see the special 3D effects. It got me to thinking about how we live so much of our lives in 2D, leaving out the spiritual dimension. God made humans in his image as trinitarian creatures, body, soul and spirit. We are aware of our physical and psychological aspects most of the time but,  mysterious and wonderful as they are, there is something missing if we are not open to the spiritual.  Sin separated us from God; this is what it means to be spiritually dead. But, when we come to faith in Christ, the Son of God, His Spirit makes our spirits alive again and Jesus's Father becomes our Heavenly Father. It is as though the Spirit gives us new eyes (3D glasses) to see what we did not see before. God's wisdom is foolishness to a 2D world which thinks the followers  of Jesus are victims of an optical illusion, but we know that life in the Spirit is the true reality. 

God has existed from all eternity as Father, Son (the eternal Word) and Holy Spirit. 1 John 4:8 tells us that God is love. But love cannot exist without an object to love. God is complete in himself as a community of love between Father, Son and Spirit. He did not need to create anything but did so to reflect his glory. The Trinity is evident in Creation, redemption, in the incarnation, baptism and teaching of Christ and in his resurrection. 

  • When the Father created the heavens and the earth by his Word, the Spirit hovered over the face of the water. 
  • When the angel Gabriel was sent by God the Father to announce to Mary that she would be the mother of the Messiah, he said:  “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. So the Word became flesh and lived among us. 
  • When Christ was baptized the Father said "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased" and the Spirit came upon him like a dove. His ministry was empowered by the Spirit but he did and said only what his Father instructed him to. 
  • Jesus taught constantly about his Father and the role of the Spirit, especially in his long discourse and prayer the night he was betrayed (John chapters 13-17).
  • Christ predicted that he would rise from the dead. Peter tells us that God raised him (Acts 2:24). Paul tells us that the same Spirit who raised Christ from the dead dwells in us. (Romans 8:11)
The Church likewise is triune in character - it has an Upward dimension in relation to God, and Inward dimension in our fellowship with each other and an Outward dimension in reaching out to the world with the Good News. The local church is also trinitarian in relation to God: we are the Body of Christ, the family of God our heavenly Father, and the dwelling place of the Spirit. 

This Trinity Sunday the question we should ask ourselves is this: are we living in these three dimensions, relating to God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit?

Now may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit rest with you and remain with you always. Amen. 

Fr David. 

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