Disclaimer – These thoughts are simply how I see life and I only share them because I was prompted to. Everyone has their own relationship with Father, and will see life differently. 🙂
At some point, most christians grapple with the idea of the trinity, God Jesus and Spirit, three separate beings, yet one being, all at the same time.
The most accepted view, is that, this is indeed the case, but it’s a mystery and can’t be understood by us mere humans.
Some religions believe the other way, that God and Jesus and Spirit are separate beings, or rather, God is God, the Holy Spirit is his power which he does stuff, and that Jesus is his son, born mortal, and resurrected to immortal life.
So all in all, it can be a bit confusing to know what is the right view. In fact, it makes one wonder, if it actually matters exactly how God, Jesus and Spirit interact together!
What if all the theology of the trinity misses the point? What if it actually obscures the amazing dynamics between Father and Jesus?
My point in this article is not to try and prove if the doctrine of the trinity is correct or not, but to maybe allow us to see a deeper reality, which goes much deeper than the ins and outs of the finer points of doctrine.
There are a few places where Jesus makes the comment that he and Father are one. One of these places is John 17, where Jesus is praying out loud to Father.
John 17:20-23 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.
After reading through this a few times, what stands out, is that Jesus wants us to be ‘one’ just like Father and Jesus are ‘one’! He emphasized this by saying “as you are in me, Father, and I am in you”
So thinking this through with no ‘religious’ take on it, the only thing he can possibly be referring to, is relationship! Intimacy! Another way of saying intimacy, is ‘in-to-me-see’. It seems that the real power of the trinity, being separate persons, but one, is the relationship!
Jesus and Father had ( and have) a close and deep relationship, and Jesus was praying that believers of all ages and time, would have ‘such perfect unity’ that the world would know that Father loved them as much as he loved Jesus!
This reality in which believers know that Father loves them as much as he loves Jesus, is not very common among christians! The most part of Christianity says on one hand that ‘Jesus loves me’, but still feel guilt and shame and sometimes fear, when it comes to Father! Very few believers truly feel that Father loves them as deeply as he loves Jesus.
So this is the awesome reality we can take from this conversation! Jesus and Fathers ‘oneness’ is first and foremost relationship! Deep love and true intimacy! This love and intimacy, they wanted to have with us, and for us to have it with each other!
This seems to be far more important to them, than which denomination has ‘true doctrine’ or if this or that is ‘correct worship’.
The natural result of knowing that we are deeply loved, is that we will begin to love as well, over time, and as Father works out broken places in us. We will begin to be ‘at one’ with people, even if we don’t agree on things. The result of people who know they are loved, interacting and living their lives, is an amazing and powerful thing!
So whatever you believe about the trinity, try to enter into the relationship they have, and believe that this deep intimacy is offered to us as well. Father won’t force anything on us, but as we open ourselves to him, he will draw us in, and tell us we are loved. Then he will show us, and make it real!