2 Corinthians 13:11-13
As Jesus reminded the woman that he met at a well in Samaria, God is spirit. It follows that God is to be worshipped in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). It also follows that we do not limit God to the restrictions of time and space under which we live. God is in heaven, yet present in all existence. God is within us, yet God comes to us. God is separate from us, yet God is the foundation for our lives. God is almighty although not everything that happens does so according to God’s will. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, yet God is ever changing according to our circumstances. God is beyond all human imagining, beyond any form of representation, beyond all human limitation, yet God was uniquely incarnate in one, historical, human person. God speaks although God has no mouth; God acts although God has no body. God is one, yet a community of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In Christian theology the term Trinity was adopted around the third century describing the One who was three, three-in-one, yet not three gods – three persons, one godhead. God is not a person as human beings are persons, although God is personal. Truly God’s ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8). God is known, not as knowledge, but as presence and power. We cannot lay hold of God; God lays hold of us. God is different from us, yet not so different that we cannot bask in God’s presence, revel in the work that God gives us to do, praise God for the goodness that surrounds us and trust God healing, renewing, saving and sustaining love.
- What restrictions are placed upon us as creatures bound by time and space?
- What are some of the ways in which we limit God?
- What is meant by saying that God is personal while not being a person as we know persons?
- How helpful do you find the doctrine of the Trinity for your faith and life?