“May the Trinity be with you,” Paul wrote in his letter addressed to the people in Corinth, Greece – i.e. “May the grace of the Lord Jesus, the love of the Father and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you” – what an amazing blessing!
Is Paul a dreamer? How can the divine Trinity be in close proximity to ordinary human beings such as you and me? And yet He certainly can. Emmanuel – God with us – has a tremendous effect on us. He completes us.
God is set up as Trinity, which means He works as Trinity, loves as Trinity and blesses us as Trinity. In fact, the Big Three are inseparable! As an exception, the Trinity was separated for a little while when Jesus became human and died on the cross; other than this particular time window, the Trinity is known to be a unit and a force to be reckoned with.
King Solomon wrote about the power of two people agreeing, but added that a consensus of three is even greater. Here are his thoughts on the matter (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12):
“Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
A consensus of three is stronger than a consensus of two, hence the unity of the Trinity is supremely tight.
What can we learn from the Trinity?
Full power and blessings flow in community, not in a party of one.
Technically, when the Trinity is with you, you are not a party of one – God is with you, hence you are not alone. You are in community. And who wants to be alone anyhow? Who could survive alone?
Living in community is a lifestyle invented by the Trinity. We thrive in community, we bless in community, we overcome in community, and we celebrate in community.
Community needs freedom of expression and thrives on trust. Different viewpoints are weighed against one another. Each person’s input is taken seriously, and by way of negotiation we can reach consensus and come up with interesting new pathways.
Life is a direct derivative of community; so is love, and love is what keeps us going, which is yet another trademark of the Trinity.
May the blessing of our Triune God be with us all!