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C4L Boosters are here to help you in the spiritual lift-off stage and to bring vital boosters to keep you in the best orbit on your journey.  Unafraid to tackle any topic, C4L Boosters  are designed for you to connect securely with The Infinite, for this is your call to pursue.

Optimising connectivity
for everyday life

C4L Boosters are here to help you in the spiritual lift-off stage and to bring vital boosters to keep you in the best orbit on your journey.  Unafraid to tackle any topic, C4L Boosters  are designed for you to connect securely with The Infinite, for this is your call to pursue.

Three and One

To some this may sound like secret code but to others it’s understood as the ancient reference to ‘The Trinity’! Apart from what God has revealed, much will remain mysterious as to how God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit can be three persons and yet one.  Many have tried to explain this in simple terms - you may recall such examples as a three leaved clover or the three states of water in liquid, gas and ice.  The featured tree trunk has three sections and yet is one - there is no metaphor that can adequately explain or help us fully comprehend ‘the Godhead’.  Valiant though any attempts of ours may be from our finite end of the telescope, they will all fall short.  Rather than being troubled about the hidden things, it is better to focus on what is known.  ‘Trinity’ is not a word that appears in the Bible but it was first used by early theologian Tertullian. The theological understanding was finalized at the First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD after years of debate.

  • ‘The Doctrine of the Trinity teaches that within the unity of the one Godhead there are three separate persons who are coequal in power, nature, and eternity’ - Walter Martin
  • ‘God eternally exists as three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and each person is fully God, and there is one God’ - Wayne Grudem
  • ‘God does not change; he is Love, ever and always. In himself, he is communion, unity in Trinity, and all his words and works are directed to communion’ - Pope Benedict XVI
  • ‘There is a mutual delight in each other in the persons of the blessed Trinity, so that each divine person delights to glorify the rest. God even thus glorifies himself’ - C H Spurgeon

The Bible clearly teaches both that God exists in his three persons but is definably one Deity. So the question is why should this be so?  Why not just one person or why not hundreds of persons?  Some religions hold out for one God but others hold out for multiple deities.  A superficial reading of the Old Testament may suggest one God but you would find applied study with commentaries indicates three persons. These suggestions are unpacked in the New Testament through the teaching principally of Jesus Christ and then through the apostles. For example, the distinction yet oneness that Jesus had with God the Father and his own role to bring us into unity with the Father is very clear in passages such as John 17 and Colossians 1:15-20. The Holy Spirit, who was promised by Jesus as the empowering Counsellor, comes upon the church in a more general way once Jesus has ascended (John 14, Acts 2).

  • ‘Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness”’ - Genesis 1:26, 3:22
  • ‘”Come near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; From the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord God and His Spirit Have sent Me”’ - Isaiah 48:16
  • ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning’ - John 1:1-2
  • ‘As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased"’ - Matthew 3:16-17
  • ‘”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

When we come before God, we have to do so humbly and accept there will be mystery apart from what he chooses to reveal to us. Paul teaches the people in Athens that there is one God and not many (Acts 17) but chooses to reveal more about the relationship of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit progressively to help the early church mature. This was much the way Jesus did and was followed by the other New Testament writers. The significance for us now is that what we find before time at the centre of the universe is a relationship of three between whom there are ‘no differences in deity, attributes or essential nature’ and the only distinctions are ‘in the ways they relate to each other and to the rest of creation’ (Wayne Grudem).  In other words, this is a community of love, total interdependence, trust and unity in diversity.  God himself wants to add us to this ‘family’ where we can thrive in relationship with him and others.

  • ‘May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all‘ - 2 Corinthians 13:14
  • ‘The secret things belong to God’ - Deuteronomy 29:29

As you think about your journey with God, consider your own understanding of how and why God wants you to be part of the heavenly family.  There are many hints about this central relationship that can be seen in some communities, churches, families and marriages. Knowing about this amazing truth is not the same as knowing God and this is where the roles of Father, Son and Holy Spirit are effective in the various principal works of the Father in creation and adoption, the Son in forgiveness and salvation, the Holy Spirit in spiritual new birth and empowerment. We may know many facts about another person but the only way to get to know them is to be in a relationship with them.

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