If you are challenged to explain the Trinity, consider this. From all eternity, before material creation and time, God desired a communion of love. So He spoke in a perfect Word. The Word that God spoke beyond and out of time was and remains his perfect self-expression, containing all that God is, perfectly possessing all the characteristics of the Speaker: omniscience, omnipotence, truth, beauty and personality. Thus, from all eternity, there has always been, in perfect unity, the God who spoke and the Word who was spoken, true God with and from true God, Begotten and Begotten, distinct Father and distinct Son having the same divine nature indivisible.
It never has been. Eternally, these two Persons contemplate each other. Hence, they knew and loved each other in such a way that each gave the other a perfect gift of self-giving. This mutual gift of self by these perfect and distinct divine Persons, containing all that each one is, is necessarily perfectly given and perfectly received. Therefore, the Gift between the Father and the Son also contains all that each has: omniscience, omnipotence, truth, beauty and personality. Therefore, from all eternity there are three divine Persons having an indivisible divine nature, God the Father, God the Son, and the perfect mutual gift of love between them, God the Holy Spirit.
It is the fundamental doctrine of salvation that we believe as Christians and that we celebrate on Trinity Sunday. At the heart of all that we believe and hope for, we will find this mysterious doctrine of divine relationship, the Triune God: God One and Three in whose image and likeness we are made.
The communion of Persons in the Trinity is inscribed in our beings as images of God. Our relationships with others must reflect the fellowship for which we were created in God’s plan of love.
Speaking of harmony with this founding mystery of our faith and of our identity, Saint Hilary of Poitiers (d 368) prayed: with my conscience, so that I may always be faithful to what I have professed in my regeneration when I I have been baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit ”(De trinitate 12, 57).
We must strive with grace and elbow grease to give glory to the Trinity in all that we do, think, and say.
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