Now that my previous post has enabled you to write a dissertation on the Holy Trinity (pause for laughter)…rather, now that we have discussed the basic concepts of the Trinity, it may be helpful to look at each member and the role each plays in our lives.
First, God the Father. I believe that when you hear someone say, “God” often times they are referring to “God the Father.” And when referring to God the Son or God the Holy Spirit, “Jesus” and “Holy Spirit” are generally used. When looking at various passages of the Bible, you will likely notice that there is an order within the Trinity. This is not to suggest that one member is greater than the other – as discussed earlier, they are all “fully God.” However, there does seem to be a voluntary submission. The Son submits to the Father, and the Holy Spirit submits to the Son and the Father. The Father initiates action. Take a look at a very famous passage; John 3:16:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
See how God the Father initiates and Jesus (the Son) voluntarily submits? I believe that God communicates to us in the best way for us to understand and it is significant that He reveals Himself to us as a “parent.” Parents understand unconditional love when it comes to their children. Parents are very protective of their children. Parents are willing to sacrifice for their children….. God wants us to view Him as our “Heavenly Father.” That is the way He can best communicate the relationship He wishes to have with us.
John 1:12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
I will leave you with one more significant attribute that God possesses: LOVE!
1 John 4:8 – Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
It is more than a characteristic that God possesses, it is what and who He is! He loves you with a love that we cannot even begin to understand. He smiles upon you. He wants relationship with you. He is well worth knowing and exploring!
Abba Father – A word you will often hear when people pray to God or speak of God. “Abba” is an Aramaic word that probably best translates to “Daddy” in English. It is an intimate word for “Father.” Christians are invited to call God “Abba” or “Daddy.”
Only begotten Son – Jesus is God’s “one and only Son,” but those of us who receive Jesus, call on Jesus–Christians in other words, are considered “adopted children of God.”