Loving God is important. I think most Christians will come to this conclusion.
But wouldn’t we say grasping a picture of who he is is pretty darned important as well? While both you and I will never fully grasp his nature this side of eternity, we can know him a little more clearly than when we initially first believed. And just like a couple who have been married for 50 years will know each other in profound ways decades down the road of marriage, so too will the individual who places their hope in God and has a relationship with him. That is why I am advocating for clearer language about the infinite God who so clearly loves us and has revealed himself to us both in Christ and through the Bible.
Let me frame it this way. I love my wife (true story). Yet, if I compose a poem about how beautiful she is, how I adore her personality, marvel at her breathtaking charm, and think her long, brown hair is incredible I would just be flat out wrong. Not because of the three initial points, but because she has short, blonde hair. My description of her is inaccurate and not complete. It doesn’t mean that I don’t love her any less, it just means I am wrong in my descriptions of her and of her essence. I get a bit of her, but not the entire picture. Same thing goes with the Trinitarian God. We need to know who he is, and the true God is Trinity. As Jesus prayed, “this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (Jn 17.3).
Trinity matters because that is how God has revealed himself to us. God is not some idea, he is real. The living God is Trinity– he is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is one what and three who’s, or one who and three what’s. God is not just one dude hanging out in heaven navel-gazing. If he was, then he would have been alone for eternity. He would not have known fellowship. That is why the Jehovah’s Witnesses are flat out wrong (beside the fact that they misread the Greek and are a reincarnation of Arianism that was rejected in 325 AD, but I digress). He is one God in three persons, enjoying communion and knowing what it means to have fellowship. I highly doubt this fictional, non-Trinity would have love at the core of his being, since he would have been alone for eternity and not have learned how to love! But this God, the true God, knows love because he is relational and he is love.
So I invite you to enjoy and seek out the Trinitarian God of the Bible. For he is a Father who lovingly gave life to his Son in the fellowship of the Spirit. He is an other-centered God and he is inviting you into the party. I pray that you will join the Trinitarian dance and revel in it.
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