Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Last week in formation group we learned about and discussed the Trinity, Godhead, three person God--whatever you want to call it it is still hard to wrap your head around.
This perspective REALLY helped me to 'get it'
God and Jesus are both one person and at the same time two seperate entities.
I like to think of God as the will and Jesus as the WORD.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God...the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us." John 1:1, 14
Well as you know the trinity is 3. So there is God and Jesus and The Holy spirit. I like to think of the Spirit as the Way, the relationship...the spirit that moves us..the Life and Love of God in us.
Ok so if this is so (which it IS) then Jesus always was and is and will be just as God was, and is, and will be. Jesus on Earth longed to be with God as he once was, meaning he was conscious of the Trinity and his onesness with God. The Spirit comes into being from the closeness and love of the relationship between God and Jesus.
Ok, so this week we studied 'humankind and the creation'...WOW! I made a connection that I was never aware of before.
We all have been told that we are made in God's image. But think, if God is a godhead/Trinity/3 person God, what does that mean for how mankind was made.
I had read the creation story in Genesis 1-2 many many times...but THIS I never caught!
26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, [b] and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
Notice the language
it doesnt say me or my. We arent just created like God, we are created like the trinity. And what is the trinity other than the perfect model of relationship.
NOw notice v 27...this blew my mind!
First it states God created man in his own image..meaning the godhead
then it restates in the image of God he created him...him? this word threw me off momentarily until I read...
male and female he created them
ok, this is what I got from this...
in my mind the statement 'in the image of God he created him' tries to define what him is. Him isnt a singular male person. Him refers to the trinity God mirrors in humankind...so Him refers to the union
then is says 'male and female he created them'--to me this refers to the parts of the whole
Now remember that God didnt created mankind out of any sort of need. God created mankind through the fullness of His love. He created mankind to share this love and joy with them. God is his own self-existent community. He doesnt need us, he wanted to gift this expereince to us.
knowing this think about the implications.
If God is community and we are created in His image of the 3 person God...
Then isnt it safe to assume that humankind, as God created it, is not a unit until it is in community
My eyes opened wide as I realized the implications of this in marriage.
There was no male before there was female, so when God says that he created Him he does not mean male as we think of it. He means the 3 person 'person'. Male and female he created them defines the parts of the whole.
if God + jesus + that realtionship (aka Holy Spirit) = will + word + way = trinity
and we are made in that image
and God created humankind out of the love in that relationship
husband + wife + that relationship = image of God = Trinity
and the desire to procreate (have children) mirrors God's desire to creat humankind out of the love in that relation ship.
WOW! This openes so many doors in my mind!
This is why having children out of wedlock is so difficult...because humankind was created in the image of the Trinity and the loss of any one of the three parts disrupts the whole that we were created to be.
God doesnt sit in heaven creating rules...God is sitting in Heaven waiting for humankind to open the owners manual he sent us long ago (the Bible)...
the Bible isnt meant to confine us to some rigid ideal, it is meant to free us to be what we mere made to be....
This is why premarital sex is so emotionally painful... the relationship that is needed to finish out the 3 person 'person' we were created to be isnt there or doesnt last.
This is why divorce hurts so badly.
This is why any breakup is painful.
We are MEANT to be in union! any any piece of that outside of the 3 part formula is incomplete and we werent made to be incomplete!
I love GOD!