Today’s blog is written by Pastor Ryun Chang.
Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend
“Not Three Modes, but Three Persons”
Then God said, “Let us make man in our own image, in our likeness. . .”
One popular analogy for the Triune God is water—as liquid, vapor or ice. That, unfortunately, supports one early attempt to understand the Trinity called “modalism”, which is completely unbiblical. As readily seen, water cannot be liquid, vapor and ice all at the same time—meaning, it can only exist one mode at a time; the Trinity is not like that at all.
From the very beginning of Scriptures, the Triune God is implied: the word for Elohim, translated in Genesis 1:1 and 1:26 as God, is the plural form of Elowahh. So then, how do we define the Trinity? In Hinduism there exists three main gods—Brahmin, Vishnu and Shiva—which would constitute tri-theism! What about the Trinity?
Returning to the novel The Shack, the Father says, “We are not three gods, and we are not talking about one god with three attitudes, like a man who is a husband, father, and worker. I am one God and I am three persons, and each of the three is fully and entirely one!” That’s better said than any definition found in theological books. And among them exist unity and intimacy.
So how are your relationships with the people around you? Remember, the Trinity is very practical, because we can look to it for inspiration and as a model, to base our relationships—among family members, church staff, friends—upon the foundation of unity and intimacy!
Prayer: Lord, help me understand the Trinity better. Help me to apply the Trinity to my life. Help me, O Triune God, to base the many relationships I have me on unity and intimacy that has eternally existed among the Father, the Son and the Spirit. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Acts 22-23