God is not a loner. Before creating the world – and us – He was not sitting bored on top of a mountain slump-shouldered as His long legs hung over the side like a giant in a kid’s chair. God has always existed in perfect harmony and yes, in perfect community with Himself.
That sounds like an oxymoron: a community with oneself. Ordinarily it is (unless you are schizophrenic). But God has always been one God in three persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. One God, three persons. Not three Gods, but three persons. Not three manifestations, three persons. Still scratching your head? That’s okay. But we cannot dismiss the Trinitarian nature of God any more than we can dismiss Him.
The Trinity is a mystery, so rest assured in that. Our pea brains are too small to grasp the concept with complete clarity, but we know exactly what God wants us to know. He made it clear in Scripture:
“Let us make man…” (Genesis 1:26)
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14)
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Matthew 28:19 ESV)
There are hordes of verses throughout Scripture affirming the Trinity, though the word ‘trinity’ is not used. Trinity is simply a word used to connote three – the three persons of the Godhead. (The reason it is now capitalized as a proper noun is because we are referring to God when we use this term. Capitalization shows reverence and respect in this way.)
Why does it matter that God was not a loner? Because it means that God did not lack anything. Creation was not an act of solving a problem or making God happy again – He was perfectly in community with Himself in the Trinity. He needed nothing. Out of the abundance of His heart, God spoke us into being. We are objects of creative love.
At The Door Church, one of the pillars of our mission to see lives restored by the Gospel for God’s glory is that we are community-driven. God created us to be in community with one another. I have heard it said that we are saved personally, but not privately. So as you think about the Trinity, give yourself some grace that it is a hard topic to grasp – but a crucial one to the Christian faith. And let the love of the Trinity guide you into a deeper relationship with God and those He graciously put to your left and your right.