“May the Trinity be with you” Paul wrote in his letter addressed to the people in Corinth, Greece – i.e. (2 Corinthians 13:14): “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! Since the days of the Messiah we know of the distinction between God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Unity in diversity is one way to describe the blessed Trinity.
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.”
Godly unity feeds on freedom of expression and thrives on trust. A consensus of three is stronger than a consensus of two; hence the unity of the Trinity is supremely tight. Together the Father, Son and Holy Spirit tackled the creation of the universe. When the earth was formless and empty the Trinity went to work. The Father got the Word out saying (Genesis 1:3): “Let there be light”. Jesus put the Father’s Word into action and the Holy Spirit hovered over the surface of the deep gradually transforming chaos into beauty.
Naturally, we can detect God’s triune fingerprints all over His creation, starting with the elementary building blocks of life as discovered by the British physicist J.J. Thompson in 1897. He looked into the interior of an atom to crack the building code of matter. Curiously not one, not two, but three elements make up all matter there is: Neutrons, Protons, and Electrons. Matter is coded in triune style. None of creation was made to be alone, much less human beings who were created in the image of God.
When God is with us we are not 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. Life is a direct derivative of community; so is love, and love is God’s essence.