Paul's description of The Trinity -- by Pastor Burt
This past Sunday, we explored the nature of God, which is Triune or 3 in 1, One God in Three Persons. We concluded with the belief that this is true but also a mystery.
In the sermon, I mentioned several scriptures that point us to the Triune nature of God. Still, I also offered on which I literally highlighted the persons of God in the passage to indicate which person of the Trinity Paul was referencing as we read it. The truth of the Trinity is tricky. We can easily either gloss over the Threeness of God to highlight how God is One, or we can end up over defining the Three persons of God so that we set up a pantheon of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that are overly distinct. The mystery is that God is One and God is Three; all the time, and that we have trouble comprehending that. I made the point Sunday that a God we can fully grasp is too small, and we serve a big God.
In the passage below from Ephesians 1:3-14, Paul describes The Trinity’s interconnected nature: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In doing so, he describes their relationship with each other that makes them seem separate; Paul intends to Highlight their distinction and unity in all things. It is to be understood in the context of 1 Corinthians 8:4b, where Paul also says, “there is no God except one.”
So read Ephesians 1:3-14 from the Lexham English Bible below to see the interconnectedness of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit so you can see how they are always in agreement with each other, always glorifying each other and connecting with us. God, the Three in One, does this so that we can share in the blessings and connection that he created us to have in and through them.