As we continue to study the Trinity, it is important that we don’t miss the point of yesterday’s post. God is love. His very nature is love. As a single being who exists in the plurality of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the interaction between these three entities reveals love. It is the source of love. The Father is not the Son, but loves the Son. The Spirit is not the Son, but loves the Son. The Son is not the Father, but loves the Father. The Spirit lives to help Christ accomplish the goal of the Father. He does this willingly because He loves the Father and shares the same goal. In Isaiah 61, which Jesus later quotes about Himself saying, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…” Then He says, “because the Lord has anointed me.” The Father anointed the Son with the Spirit, but the Spirit was already on Him because they have one singular cause, completely united in goal and method. They each serve one another. Jesus served the Father, but the Father directed angels to attend to His Son and finally exalted His Son to the throne of Heaven. Each caring about the other, working together, united, submissive one to another for each to bring glory to the other. This is love.
A study of the relational movements between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit reveal pure, unadulterated, divine love. And there is no other place, person, thing, idol, relationship anywhere that reveals what true love is. There is no other god like our God!! There is no love outside of the presence of our God. One might could say that other gods love, or that people love, and I suppose from a philosophical standpoint, I can agree with this, but none can say that the source of love is anywhere but with our God.
Why is this so important for us to know? The Scripture says that without love, we are nothing. Love is the most powerful force (1 Corinthians 13:13). It is not sacrilege to say that love is the most powerful force because GOD IS LOVE. Love changes us. Love changes others. It changes the world and it changes eternity. Love covers over a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).
Love is the opposite of selfishness which could be said is the root of sin. In pride, we seek after those things we want. When we are more focused on what we want than giving to others what they need, sin is the result. The sting of death is sin. Love overwhelms selfishness. It destroys the spirit of vengeance, anger, lust, jealousy, selfish ambition. Love conquers all sin. And the fact that our God is THE SOURCE of this love and power renders everything and anything else in existence powerless without Him. All authority and all power and all love comes from our God.
This is why, in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prays that we would be united with the Trinity of God. He prays for us that we as a church may be one just as He and the Father are one. Understanding the significance of the unity found in our Triune God, this is an unbelievable prayer. He is asking the Father to help us to be united in this same power, the same love, with Him. And through the Holy Spirit, the Lord has given us the strength to be united with Him in this love.
We are not pure. We are infected with sin. Moving into this love and remaining there is a battle for us. For the Triune God, there is no struggle to remain in this love. It is His nature. He is love. But for us, we must be grafted into this love. We must actively put forth effort to press into Him that we might become One with Him. It is a lofty goal to be united with God in this way and to love like Him, but it is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit. We must lean on the Holy Spirit as our helper to resist temptations to satisfy our sinful nature and press tightly into the presence of God.
So, with that being said, my question is simply, “How well do you love?” Are you actively putting forth effort to press into our Triune God that you might be united with Him, loving like Him? Do the temptations to satisfy selfish desires overshadow the love of God in you? Selfish desires lead us into emotional, mental, and spiritual bondage, but God, Love, sets us free. There is no greater freedom than unity with one another and with God in perfect love. It is a fight to remain united to Him, but I, for one, will tell you…the blessing that comes from unity with God and one another far outweigh the struggle to resist our own selfishness. We must fight the good fight, seeking daily perfect unity with God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.