Vicar's Blog

We know nothing about God except what God has revealed about himself. This he has done through what he has made (Creation – Natural Revelation) and through the nation of Israel as recorded in the Scriptures (Special Revelation), which pre-eminently includes God’s revelation of himself through his Son, Jesus. Hebrews 1:1-4.

Further revelation is brought to us in our experience through the indwelling Holy Spirit. As Jesus said, ‘The Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth’. This revelation will always be consistent with the Scriptures and most often will arise from prayerful Bible reading.

It is from the lips of Jesus and through the reading of the Bible that the understanding of God as Trinity has emerged, even though the word ‘Trinity’ does not appear in the Bible.

Jesus said, ‘I and the Father are one’ and ‘if you have seen me you have seen the Father’. He received worship as God from Thomas and the prologue of John’s Gospel clearly identifies Jesus as the Word of God through whom God created all things ‘in the beginning’. Paul confirms that Jesus had equality with God, which he did not cling to, becoming a servant in human flesh, but that God has now exalted him to the highest place that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’

The Spirit is likewise identified with Jesus and with God and is sent by both the Father and the Son, as the Nicene Creed also declares. The Spirit is eternal and is identified in Genesis 1 hovering over the chaos at Creation, and extends the invitation (with the bride) in Revelation to all to ‘Come’. The Spirit’s role as ‘Go-Between God’ is amplified in Romans 8.

So Father, Son and Spirit are in complete Unity, having different functions and working for the same purpose. They honour one another in love, without fear of loss to themselves. In this and in every way the life of God in Trinity – in community – provides a model and source of power through the Spirit for our life together in Christ, to the glory of the Father.