Matthew 28:19: “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.”

My great grandfather Walter Seelheim was Jewish, while my great grandmother Augusta was a member of the German Protestant Church. Neither Walter nor Augusta was actively engaged in their respective faith communities. As a result, my mother’s family largely decided to go with agnosticism. In my teenage years, however, I broke away from our family tradition to find out for myself who God is.

When I originally set out to seek God, I only looked for One – not Three in One. I found “one God in three Divine persons” to be very confusing for me. And yet, God has compelled me to dig deeper and deeper. This is the beauty of faith: it grows and so does our understanding of God. I eventually came to appreciate the Trinity as an essential part of who God is.

We call Jesus the Son of God, which is an excellent way to describe the close-knit relationship the Trinity has. We call God the Holy Spirit, and we read in the book of Genesis how God’s life-giving Spirit turned our planet blue and green. We call God the Father; and I believe we all can relate to fatherhood one way or another so we can see Him as the Father of Creation if we believe in a created universe.

However, God’s invisibility poses a challenge for many. Jesus solved this problem. Growing up in the Middle East in the town of Nazareth and touring Israel later in life, the Son of God was very visible and publically accessible. He walked in our shoes; and I believe this is why His teachings still resonate with us today.

We are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit for three very good reasons: Through Jesus we are adopted into His family; the Spirit of God guides us all the way to heaven; and our Father in Heaven welcomes us into His everlasting arms.

It takes a Triune God to make things right for us.

“Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.”
Thomas Ken in 1674

Matthew 22:37-39: “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Love threefold is something extraordinary: The Son loves the Father, the Father loves the Son. The Son loves the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit loves the Son. The Father loves the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit loves the Father, and so forth. The Trinity’s eternal flame is the love they have for one another.

The Trinity is a strange concept to the human mind. We are so much more used to things that come in two: Mom & Dad, Bed & Breakfast, Tom and Jerry – you know what I mean.

In the realm of love, regular math simply does not apply. 1+1=2: right? Well, if two lovers come together the outcome will be multiplication not summation. When lovers mingle, they multiply. Offspring comes out of such unions who will also begin to mingle and multiply; and so the world population has grown exponentially ever since the Trinity erupted into a frenzy of activity, creating this great big universe. Love naturally multiplies.

On the other hand, in the realm of the Trinity, do One and One and One necessarily equal Three? Yes and no, so it seems. The Trinity is known as the “Three in One.” Put that in mathematical logical context, and then instead of an explosion you have sort of an implosion. No one is more “One” than the Trinity is. The Trinity are of one heart and soul, eternally fond of each other.

Love defies all concepts and originates from the Trinity. All life forms are because of the Trinity’s undying enthusiasm and love. And as their creation we are only truly happy if we love just as generously. This may seem preposterous – but in all reality we are wired to love like the Trinity, as Jesus worded so pointedly:

“You must love the Lord your God” (….) and: “Love your neighbor as yourself”

We love God, the source of our being, and our neighbor with all of our heart, because it is good for our heart – with all of our soul, because love is life to our soul – and with our entire mind, because love creates a sound mind.

Our existence is wholly based and only thrives on: love – love – love.

“Close your eyes, give me your hand, darling
Do you feel my heart beating
Do you understand
Do you feel the same
Am I only dreaming
Is this burning an eternal flame?”
      The Bangles

Titus 3:4-7: “When God our Savior revealed his kindness and love, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit. He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. Because of his grace he made us right in his sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life.”

We have a triune God!  This profound insight has been an open secret since the beginning of time, and it is a beautiful testimony that God is not operating as a “Lone Ranger”.  Instead, He chooses to work as a team.

We can discover divine teamwork in the realm of creation. The first chapter of the book of Genesis describes how the Holy Spirit was involved from the get-go:

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” 

Hovering over something that was initially formless, empty, and dark, the Holy Spirit went to town – and the magic of transformation began! As the Spirit of God proceeded to cut through dysfunctional chaos, the universe as we know it came into being, and with it our home planet Earth, filled with wonder, color, and beauty.

Reading up on the creation story, we can discern a repeating pattern – the pattern of God speaking and things happening. Following is an inconclusive list of examples, all from the first chapter of Genesis:

  • And God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.’ And it was so.
  • “Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so.
  • “And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.’ And it was so.

In John’s gospel Jesus is introduced as the One who made things happen, the One who is ultimately responsible for the resulting: “And it was so” each time God spoke.  God forms a thought, communicates it, and Jesus chips in saying: “Consider it done!” So much so, that Jesus is nick-named “The Word” – because whichever Word comes out of the Father’s mouth, Jesus does it, and He does it very well! Incidentally, we read how Jesus, the Word, was successfully involved in the creation process (John 1:1-3):

“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.” 

When it comes to saving humans we see the same kind of intricate teamwork between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Paul describes the Trinity’s teamwork to a man named Titus (Titus 3:4-7):

“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

We can see a circle of transformation happening, with:

  • The Holy Spirit hovering over humankind creating a new heart within us
  • While the Father graciously extends His welcome by giving us His Son
  • While Jesus advertises the Father’s kindness and love by sacrificing His life to save us.

As a happy result, spiritually dead humans rise up to be spiritually alive humans, ready to do God’s work – if they are so inclined. We are not saved without our consent, but if we believe, wonderful things are bound to happen.

God’s activities are ongoing, and He is inviting us to join His interesting projects. God’s nature is to be productive; and we know that a lot of great things happen when the Trinity is at work. So, here’s to divine team work – taking care of business! Would you like to get involved?

 “And we’ll be taking care of business – every day! Takin’ care of business – every way! We be takin’ care of business – it’s all mine! Takin’care of business and working overtime.” (Randy Bachman)