The Amazing Trinity in God’s Social Order
THE AMAZING TRINITY IN GODS SOCIAL ORDER
The Triune Nature of God
In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons of one substance, power and eternity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Father is of none, neither begotten, nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; The Holy Spirit eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son. (Westminster Confession of 1647)
If this is the nature of God we should see it in His creation and indeed we do. We see it in the physical realm: the three primary colors: red, blue and yellow combining to form thousands of beautiful colors and together forming brilliant white light.
We see it in the social realm: In the family (Gen. 1:26-28) the husband is head of the wife. The wife submits* to her husband (Eph. 5:22-33; 1 Pet. 3:1-7) as Christ submits to the Father (Luke 22:42). The wife is one flesh with the husband (Matt. 19:4-8, Mal. 2:13-17, Heb. 13:4) in the Christian marriage just as the Son is one with the Father (John 10:30) in unity. The children come from the husband and the wife. The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son (John 14:26; John 16:7). In the Godly family there is harmony, unity, oneness, authority, submission, and love as in the Godhead (Col 3:18-21).
*Submission is not the horrible thing our society has made it out to be, but a glorious word. Christ put Himself under the Father to bring glory to Him. We were made to bring glory to God.
In the Church, God put Christ as the head of the church. The body of Christ consisting of believers submits to the head which is Christ (John 20:21). From Christ and His body of believers are born new believers in Christ. The believers in Christ are the means God uses to proclaim His Truth—the Gospel of Christ. And in hearing the Gospel those that belong to Christ are transformed through His great power to raise the dead to newness of life. This like the family is a beautiful picture of the triune nature of God.
Did you ever wonder why God stopped in the middle of His creation and after saying “this is good” several times, to say, “It is not good for man to be alone?” Why? because it was not consistent with the nature of God! There had never been aloneness in all eternity.
What we see in the triune nature of God is: intimacy, love, union, communion, fellowship, and community. This same nature of God is imprinted on God’s social order for the family and His church.
(These truths taken from the video series: “The Truth Project” by Focus on the Family)