By Emmanuel Egbunu
The special seasons of the Christian Church - Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Passiontide, Easter and Pentecost all come to a climax on Trinity Sunday which launches the many weeks of Teaching covering a period of about six months.
The truth of the Trinity has never yielded to man's curious intellectual probing. Theologians, philosophers and skeptics alike come to that point in their quest to unravel this mystery that they submit to the reality of the impenetrable cloud which hides the Almighty.
Only the worshipping heart connects with the Trinity in an encounter that becomes a blessed, and an uplifting experience. The Trinity presents the worshipping heart with the God to be known, loved and adored.
Those who seek a god to be grasped within the most elastic stretches of the human mind will search in vain. Human mind and human words can only point to the revelation afforded us in the same way that a man may watch the splendour of sunrise or sunset mirrored on the sea or tipped, as it were, over a lofty mountain. At such a time the poet, songwriter, photographer, or artist only seeks to capture this ravishing beauty, not to explain the intricate mysteries behind that glorious scenario.
Paul begins his letter to the Ephesians on a note of praise to this majestic God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, whom he says, “has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms.” He also says God's love targeted us before the world was made. How does the human mind ever relate with such everlasting love except by the grace of God! As George W. Robinson, (1876) the hymn writer puts it, “Loved with everlasting love, led by grace that love to know”.
A meditation on what God has put in place for us, and what He has accomplished for us in Christ is such a liberating exercise that gives us identity, worth, direction, and eternal security. We are not accidents in creation, but beings that were carefully planned, fearfully and wonderfully made (Ps 139), and chosen to belong to God's family through the redeeming work of Christ. God paid for our freedom by the blood of Christ. He forgave our sins, and showered His kindness on us. In Christ we are forgiven accepted, and made free.
We are also marked as God's own treasured possession, a mark that identifies us in this life, and guarantees for us an eternal inheritance in heaven. The Holy Spirit is God's mark. He is the One who brings the life of God into us, empowering us with the nature of God so that we are enabled to receive special abilities that are not human, endowments not genetic, nor as a result of certain college degrees. Not even because of wealth or race. They are spiritual gifts for the edification of the Church, the body of believers in Christ.
The Holy Spirit gives us an understanding of the love of Christ which Paul himself later admits to the Ephesians “is too great to understand fully” (Eph 3:19, NLT). The Holy Spirit empowers us to tell others the great news of God's love, of freedom in Christ, of sins forgiven, and of eternal hope that surpasses the frustrations of this present life.
The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 11:27, “No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” For a day like Trinity Sunday, the prayer of the worshipping heart must be to know this God whom to know is life eternal (John 17:3). Those who know God truly, love Him passionately, obey Him unreservedly, and adore Him most reverently.