‘Jesus’ signifies the human being whose personhood is eternally caught up in relation with God and the Spirit. The name of the Trinity signifies the eternal bond of tripersonal love revealed in the man Jesus. Christians know, as deeply as they know anything, that God without Christ and the Spirit is remote and unavailing, that Christ without God and the Spirit is a martyred saint, that the Spirit without God and Christ is power bereft of form and direction. Faith lives from the interconnection of the three. — R Kendall Soulen, The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity, Kindle ed., loc.198
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
That’s 2 Corinthians 13.13, the last verse of that letter that Paul wrote to the church in Corinth.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…
That’s the second-last verse of the Gospel According to Matthew.
The New Testament is full of passages in which the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are spoken of in one breath. These passages are building blocks of the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.
It’s Trinity Sunday. So let’s make time for a little art appreciation.
Why art appreciation? Because a picture paints a thousand words; and even thousands upon thousands of words may still obscure the beauty of our God, the Holy Trinity of Love.
This is an icon of the Russian Orthodox Church, painted (or ‘written’) by a monk called Andrei Rublev about 600 years ago.
It’s based on the story of three angels who pop in on Abraham and Sarah by the oaks of Mamre in Genesis 18. Abraham gives them a meal. Before we get very far into the story though, the angels are being spoken of together as one being: the Lord.
In other words, by the end of the story the three are one. You can see why that excited people’s imaginations with thoughts of the Holy Trinity.