2 Corinthians 13:14: “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

“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!

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 – Love – 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. As physical reminders, offspring is coming 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 their famous frenzy of activity, creating a 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 simply defies all concepts. Love just is and originates from the Trinity. All life forms are because of the Trinity’s undying enthusiasm and love. And as their byproduct, we are only truly happy if we love just as generously as they do. 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

Genesis 1:26: “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’”

“Let us make mankind in our image” indicates there is more than one image God goes by.

When the common patriarch of the three largest Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, was visited by the Lord, three men appeared. In the first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis, we read (Genesis 18:1-2a):

“The Lord appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby.”

As it turns out, God is Trinity, so when mankind was fashioned, it was made in the image of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Being made in their image, we might actually get a better understanding of ourselves when we study how the Trinity operates.

So, the Trinity went to work when the earth was formless and empty. Together they tackled the creation of the universe. The Father got the Word out famously commanding (Genesis 1:3): “Let there be light!” while Jesus put the Father’s Words into action and while the Holy Spirit hovered over the surface of the deep, transforming chaos into beauty. The Trinity’s workmanship is remarkable, and the way how their different approaches in the creation process collaborate to craft universes is simply mind-boggling. Let’s delve deeper into the legacy the Trinity left behind: creation.

Naturally, we can detect God’s triune fingerprints all over His creation, starting with the elementary building blocks of life discovered by the British physicist J. J. Thompson in 1897. Venturing 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. All matter is coded in a consistent style: triune!

Similar to the different nature of each member of the Trinity – the hovering Spirit, the commanding Father, and the action-packed Son, also the elements significantly differ from one another: Neutrons are neutrally charged, while Protons are positively and Electrons negatively charged. Differently charged elements collaborate to make up all matter there is. Without delving too deeply into the chemistry of life (I’m definitely no scientist), I can learn from these observations something like this:

We get energy and inspiration from something other than ourselves.  We are made to cooperate, bouncing things off of each other. Sometimes that means that even conflicts could be beneficial. By running into each other with different perspectives and points of views we actually may come up with a brilliant idea.

There is something profoundly beautiful in the fact that the elementary building blocks of life are three. We are not made to be alone. We are made for each other. We are made to collaborate. Relationships rock!

“We learn to live, we learn to give each other what we need to survive together alive.” Paul McCartney


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)


Ephesians 5:21: “And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”

The definition of hierarchy according to Oxford Dictionaries is: “a system or organization in which people or groups are ranked one above the other according to status or authority.” Synonyms listed are: pecking order, order, ranking, chain of command. Hierarchy is the holy grail of how things are generally run on planet Earth; whether it’s a country or any organized group for that matter, someone has to be the boss. It is our understanding that the absence of one constitutes anarchy.

So there’s either hierarchy or anarchy – right?

What about the Trinity? Is the Trinity a hierarchy as we know it? Paul wrote about submission in his letter to the Ephesians.  He makes an interesting statement that does not fit the scheme of chain of command as we know it (Ephesians 5:21): “Submit to one another”, is what Paul wrote before he went into further details illustrating spirit-guided relationships among husbands and wives and among believers.

Does submitting to one another mean we submit to a person regardless of gender and race – or does submitting to one another mean that one particular race submits to another particular race or one particular gender submits to another particular gender? Of course this is a loaded question, but it has to be asked, because when we continue reading Paul’s letter we will run into what I call a minefield of assumptions, and I quote (Ephesians 5:22-24):

“For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.”

When it comes to submission, we are supposed to learn from the Best, Christ. That is why Paul wrote in the same letter (Ephesians 5:1-2):

“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.”

So how does a Christ-like submission look like? Is there a boss among the Trinity where two submit to the ultimate One or does Trinity stand for the rule of Three and none of the Three would rule without each other’s input and consent? It seems to me that by asking such questions we could potentially learn from the Trinity how divine hierarchy operates.

Submit-to-one-another hierarchy – is the type of hierarchy not typically found in any civil government, and according to popular interpretations of the Bible not even in a family if the husband is supposed to be the boss, the wife the second in command with the last link in the chain of command being the next generation submitting to both parents.

If we submit to one another as the Trinity submits to one another how could this look like? This realization may come as a shock: Ever noticed that Almighty God submits to His own creation by respecting and working with decisions His independent creatures make? We wouldn’t be here if this wasn’t the case. God is not interested in dictatorship, He is not even interested in democracy where the majority rules; God is interested in submission to one another, by receiving each other’s input, respecting each other, delighting in each other, enjoying each other, and not wanting to live and operate without the other.

This is the rule that operates the universe.  And ultimately, this is the rule that never ends.

Revelation 12:10: “Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices shouting in heaven: “The world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever.”