How the Trinity Determines Our Purpose

Before we existed, was God lonely and needing someone with whom to fellowship?  Of course not!  Because He has always existed as a trinity of persons who share the one, undivided essence of deity, the Godhead has forever been in fellowship as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

What this tells us is that the decision to create was not out of need for others, but out of a desire to share His love with others.  The angels were created for that reason, and so was the human race.  Relationship is the essence of existence.  When God made us He made us in His image so that we could have relationship with Him and each other.

When the Bible says, “God is love,” (1 John 4:8,16) it is because relationship is the very purpose for which we were created and love is its greatest currency.  When Jesus wanted the disciples to know what it was they could do to convince the world that He was the Messiah, He said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35).

Love doesn’t just make the world go round, it makes the universe go round!  We were made to reflect the love of God to others.  When Paul wants to describe the life worthy of the calling we have received as Christians in Ephesians 4-6, it all comes out in terms of love for one another:  “speaking the truth in love” (4:15), “builds itself up in love” (4:16), “live a life of love” (5:2), “love your wives” (5:25), “Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love” (6:24).

If loving relationship is not the focus of your life, whether that is seen in the way you care for your immediate family or the larger family of the world, you are not reflecting the Trinity.  You were meant to be a love factory, a love machine in the holiest sense of those words.  Being made in the image of the Holy Trinity means your purpose in life is to mimic them by loving as they love, by making relationships the priority over tasks, accomplishments, success, money, and all the other things people vie for.


7 thoughts on “How the Trinity Determines Our Purpose

  1. Perhaps if you began to consider “God” in ways that transcend:

    That It is not just some sort of Superman?
    That memorizing what others, who have had a spiritual experience, write and then repeating those words of others, that that doesn’t cause you to move towards where you ought to be?

    What I am trying to say, in my stumbling manner, is that you need to search within yourself for what you need. That the exercise of repeating what others have written may seem helpful on a spiritual journey, but then needs repeating tomorrow.

    This spiritual journey that is incumbent on all of us starts and ends within ourself. It is difficult work, lonely work, there is the urge to use what others have experienced; but it is pure work, the only activity that can never be doubted, when done honestly.
    And you will know in your heart when you have done this thing honestly.

  2. I like the perspective on how the Trinity shows that God created us out of love, and want to share. A lot of people loose that ideal when they think about everything else, and forget it all started with that simple thought: I wish to share love.

  3. I think I know what you are saying. No matter how close we are to people there is a separation that as yet we cannot bridge, but that we will be able to bridge fully in the kingdom. In the meantime there is a level of loneliness that we must deal with even in our relationship to God. But He keeps making inroads to our aloneness and uses others to help in that process. We benefit from one another’s help and we’re encouraged by God to come alongside one another and strengthen each other (Hebrews 12:12,13; 1 Thessalonians 5:14) but at the same time “each one should carry his own load” (Galatians 6:5). And it is in the discovery of God’s application of truth in our own lives that we most truly learn. We begin, perhaps, with the testimony of others as to how God has worked in them (2 Corinthians 1:3-7) but then it must be experienced firsthand in us to make the deepest inward transformation.

  4. No, that is not what I am saying.

    What I am trying to describe is the path upon which one glimpses that that is greater, that is just beyond, but still visible on occasion; what Jesus saw after he realized that God was not about protection from the pain of the mundane.

    What I am saying is that this quest can be lonely in that it is the building of a personal relationship with God, and that sometimes it is difficult or impossible to see what one has occasionally seen.

    And I am not searching the writings of those who have had the Experience, I am describing what I have seen and will know again.

    Each person must search within, and then will know.

  5. Roger, as I consider your comments I feel I am sharing with someone who has had profound spiritual experiences. It is hard to understand what those experiences have been. My main question is an epistemological one — how do we know what we know? Does the inner experience we have of God (whom we define even without trying by the way we describe what has happened to us, hence, your “That It is not just some sort of Superman?” comment) stand alone as truth, or do we even presuppose there is such a thing as truth? Given that we are writing to each other and seeking to be understood, it seems we subscribe to some assumption that there is such a thing as truth.

    Therefore, I can succeed or fail at understanding you. I can get it right or get it wrong. And you have a motivation to tell me and others, as do I, what you believe. That would make no sense unless we believed that there is truth that you get or fail to get to your own harm.

    My epistemological base and presupposition is that God has revealed Himself to be a personal being who is superman (beyond yet like man, in that He created us in His image) and whose revelation of Himself He has chosen to put in written and spoken form so that we might be rescued from our propensity to make up truth of our own.

    As you may well know, that does not prevent us from accurately or inaccurately interpretating the meaning of His written and spoken “texts.” But at least it gives us something objective to return to for validating our interpretations. As you may guess, I also suppose that we can validate our interpretations of Scripture. That is why I am always appealing to Scripture as the basis for my reasonings.

    This does not preclude inward searching. But it requires me to submit all my results to the authority of Scripture for its interpretation of my search results. Are we anywhere near the same page in this matter?

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