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The Trinity is much more than a series of propositional truth claims about God. Don’t get me wrong, propositional truth claims about the Trinity are absolutely essential. Without them, we really do not know what we believe and, as a result, are susceptible to being “tossed to and fro . . . and carried about by every wind of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:14). We need to know both what we believe about the Trinity and why we believe it. But the Trinity ought to be much more to us than a string of theologically connected words. If the heart and soul of the Trinity is the mutual knowing and loving that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit have eternally enjoyed, then the Trinity must be much more than words on a page to us. The Trinity is to be known and enjoyed. In fact, the universe itself was created so that others (those who are not God) might be gathered up into the love of the Trinity. Two quotations from George MacDonald shed light on the beauty of this unbelievable reality.

The secret of the whole story of humanity is the love between the Father and the Son. That is at the root of it all. Upon the love between the Son and the Father hangs the whole universe (George MacDonald, Proving the Unseen, p 67).

The love of God is the creating and redeeming, the forming and satisfying power of the universe . . . It is the safety of the great whole. It is the home- atmosphere of all life (George MacDonald, A Dish of Orts; Chiefly Papers on the Imagination, and on Shakespeare, p 103).

From all eternity the Father, Son and Spirit have shared with each other a fullness of joy and pleasure that cannot be measured, quenched or even diminished. For God to be God means that He is an eternal communion of three Persons. God has never been a single-person god. If he were, not only could he not be loving, he would not create or redeem out of the fulness of love. An eternal single-person god is not a god to write home about. He’s a god like I am as fallen human being: naturally and incessantly turned in upon himself. The true God, though, the God of the Bible, is triune. This means that as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, God is the fountain of all life, love, and delight (see these verses).

This triune God is the God who has called us to care for the fatherless. If God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is the fountain of all life, love, and delight, then He intends that we care for orphans out of the fulness of His life, love and delight. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit intend that their mutual delight and love be the oxygen of all our obedience.

In part 4 we will consider ways that our participation in the love of the Trinity should inform our practice both of orphan care and earthly adoption.

Thank you for reading. For a more in-depth look at the Trinity and its implications for Christian living, read chapter 2 in Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father. You may purchase a copy at Cruciform Press.

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