“Discovering Trinity in My Life”
“Trinity and Christian Unity”
“Uncovering the Trinity in John 17”
#7 Discovering Trinity in My Life
John 17 is a brilliant place to spend a lot of time if you want to think about the Trinity, if you want to think about the love of God, if you want to think about the love of God for us.
In John 17, we see something really very special—we see at length, God the Son coming before God the Father. We see a conversation within the Trinity happening and amazingly the conversation is about us!
We hear about the Father’s great love for the Son and the Son’s great love for us, and that we, being filled with their love, might love each other. The hearing of such love is the way our hearts will be won to love this great God. It is really a peak into the Holy of Holies, seeing into the very heart of God.
#8 Trinity and Christian Unity
Jesus prays in John 17, that all who believe in Him “may be one, Father, as we are one.” He’s asking for believers to be united.
Now if God were not three persons united in their great love for each other, then that oneness would probably mean being all the same. That’s what we see in cultures dominated by a single-person god, like Allah. Under Islam different cultures are brought to be identical, all brought to be the same.
With this God, different people are affirmed in their created differences, but can still come together in unity. Now, at the heart, we’re talking about the Church, but here is the hope for the world. With this God, male and female, black and white, introvert and extravert can all come together—not to try to be the same—but to be united in love.
This God is the hope for world peace.
#9 Uncovering the Trinity in John 17
In my early days, I believed that God had saved me, which was wonderful, but still for all he’d done for me, I don’t think I really loved Him. I was grateful to him, but I didn’t really find him attractive. I didn’t want to be with him.
Then, I saw things like Jesus saying to his Father, “I’ve given them the glory that you’ve given me.” And I saw, here is a God who finds his glory in giving. He’s not a selfish God who hoards his life. He’s all about giving it away as he showed us at the cross—that supreme moment of his glorification.
And so I saw, here’s a God who’s so generous, so kind, kind to me as a sinner. I saw, he’s offering more than salvation, he’s offering himself.
With such a kind God, I want him.
For more on the Trinity from Michael Reeves you can listen to his 22 min. podcast called “Delighting in the Trinity.”
Michael Reeves (@mike_reeves) is an author and the theological adviser for the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) in the United Kingdom. He oversees Theology Network, a theological resources website, and was formerly an associate minister at AllSoulsChurch, Langham Place.