Greetings, brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series where we seek to
explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly
Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. This
morning we seek to understand the Trinity.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the
Son, and of the Holy Ghost." Matthew, Chapter 28, Verse 20.
Brothers and sisters, the Father, the Son, and the Spirit are separate individuals, separate persons,
but they are one in the Trinity. The Son is the personal revelation of the Father, while the son and
the Father are displayed in the Spirit. This critical interdependence, this absolute oneness of purpose
makes them one and gives rise to a reality that is greater than the individual functioning of either one,
or two or three functioning separately. This reality is the Trinity and is the result of the absolute
union of the Father, Son, and Spirit. When we speak of God, unless we are referring to the individual
members (Father, Son, or Spirit), we are really referring to the Trinity--the union of the Father, Son,
and Spirit. Our personal relationship is not with the Trinity though our group relationship is.
Though the Trinity springs from the absolute union of the Father, Son, and Spirit, there are some
material analogies that might suggest a feeling for this infinite, eternal, and absolute reality. A man
and woman may decide to marry and share their life as one. This is in a sense similar to the decision
made by the Father and Son to partner. In this material and mortal relationship, the man symbolizes
the Father, and the woman, the Son. When dedicated to a common purpose, they form a partnership.
In this relationship each has a definite role to play. The mortal father provides the resources of the
partnership. The father insures that the goals and values of the partnership are preserved and pursued.
He, in fact, keeps the partnership on the right course, making sure that the marriage functions the
way it is designed to function. The mother communicates these goals and values.
The Father and the Son eternally consummate this partnership by the appearance of the Spirit. The
Spirit thus becomes the revelation of the Father-Son partnership. This Trinitarian interdependence
gives rise to the Trinity. In a like manner, the husband and the wife consummate their relationship
by reproducing themselves. This allows the husband to become father and the wife to become
mother, joining them in effective partnership as parents to the child. This Trinitarian interdependence
gives rise to the family. This may be a crude depiction, but it is analogous to the Trinity concept. And
like the Trinity, the family has group functions that are designed for the greatest good of the family,
not necessarily of an individual. The family is composed of individuals, but the individuals are not
the family. The family is the union of individuals. The family discloses functions that are not
displayed by any one family member. Thus we discern an apparent paradox, where an individual may
not be guilty of breaking family rules but suffers with the other members of the family who may be
thus guilty. Likewise, when a member of the family does something good, all members of the family
benefit. We all benefit from the good and suffer from the evil.
The Father, Son, and Spirit act as individuals of the Trinity or may act in different combinations in
relationship to the Trinity. They may make decisions or take actions on behalf of the Trinity, but
these acts are for the benefit of the whole rather than the individual. Likewise, the individual
members of a family may make decisions on behalf of the family. The Trinity can also be likened
to vocal harmony. When a group of individuals unite their voices in song, the result is a harmonious
sound. Because the individual voices are different, that is separate, the blending of these voices is
something different and greater than any of the component voices. Yet at the same time, if one is
perceptive enough, one can penetrate the harmony and recognize the individual voices and
simultaneously comprehend the harmony of the blended voices.
This concludes today's message on the Trinity. We hope you find something in this message to
ponder and pray about as you go about your day. Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.