July 1, 2018

Knowing The Unknowable

In the beginning.


In the beginning (Gen. 1:1) human worship was pure pleasure. Back then Adam and Eve understood much more of the Godhead­—Father, Son, Holy Spirit—than we do now. And while neither their grasp of the Trinity, nor ours, will ever be exhaustive, even into the wondrous depths of eternity we can still appreciate God’s ministry in our everyday lives. —Editors.

Trinity is the Christian name for God.

Karl Barth.

You, O eternal Trinity, are a deep sea, into which the deeper I enter the more I find, and the more I find the more I seek.

Catherine of Siena.

Explain the Trinity? We can’t even begin. We can only accept it—a mystery, disclosed in Scripture. It should be no surprise that the triune Being of God baffles our finite minds. We should be surprised, rather, if we could understand the nature of our Creator. He would be a two-bit deity, not the fathomless Source of all reality.

Vernon Grounds.

The Holy Spirit whispered the messages of the Bible to the writers who captured them. But the Bible is not God. Our Creator wants us to worship him alone, and the Trinity can never be constrained to a box the size of a book on your bedside table.

Suzanne DeWitt Hall.

The Father is not consumed with Himself; He loves the Son and the Spirit. And the Son is not riddled with narcissism; he loves his Father and the Spirit. And the Spirit is not preoccupied with himself and his own glory; the Spirit loves the Father and the Son. Giving, not taking; other-centeredness, not self-centeredness; sharing, not hoarding, are what fire the rockets of God and lie at the very center of God’s existence as Father, Son and Spirit.

C. Baxter Kruger.

If Christianity were something we were making up, of course we would make it easier. But it is not. We cannot compete in simplicity with people who are inventing religions. How could we? We are dealing with fact. Of course anyone can be simple if he doesn’t have any facts to bother about.

C. S. Lewis.

The doctrine of the Trinity wasn’t invented—it was uncovered. The doctrine of the Trinity . . . is not some arbitrary and outdated dictate handed down by some confused council—it is the inevitable result of wrestling with the richness and complexity of the Christian experience of God.

Alister McGrath.

It is commonly said that the Trinity is a mystery. And it certainly is. . . . But it is not a mystery veiled in darkness in which we can only grope and guess. It is a mystery in which we are given to understand that we will never know all there is of God. . . . It is not a mystery that keeps us in the dark, but a mystery in which we are taken by the hand and gradually led into the light.

Eugene Peterson.

It was the whole Trinity, which at the beginning of creation said, “Let us make man.” It was the whole Trinity again, which at the beginning of the Gospel seemed to say, “Let us save man.”

J. C. Ryle.

Immanuel. God with us. He who resided in heaven, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit, willingly descended into our world. He breathed our air, felt our pain, knew our sorrows, and died for our sins. He didn’t come to frighten us, but to show us the way to warmth and safety.

Charles Swindoll.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit remind us that there is always more of God than we know, always more of God than we can explain, always more of God than we can show. The Trinity says God is not in a box but is bigger, much bigger than we imagine. God is more powerful than we sometimes want to believe or remember, but in remembering there is great comfort.

Thomas R. Steagald.

A God understood, a God comprehended, is no God.

Gerhard Tersteegen.

Bring me a worm that can comprehend a man, and then I will show you a man that can comprehend the triune God.

John Wesley.

The Father cannot be described by the things of earth. The Father is all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and is invisible to mortal sight. The Son is all the fullness of the Godhead manifested. The Word of God declares Him to be “the express image of his person.” “God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Here is shown the personality of the Father. The Comforter that Christ promised to send after He ascended to heaven is the Spirit in all the fullness of the Godhead, making manifest the power of divine grace to all who receive and believe in Christ as a personal Saviour. There are three living persons of the heavenly trio; in the name of these three great powers—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—those who receive Christ by living faith are baptized, and these powers will cooperate with the obedient subjects of heaven in their efforts to live the new life in Christ.

Ellen G. White.