Today’s reading is Luke 3.
What an amazing scene at Jesus’s baptism. Jesus has been immersed while praying, and the heavens are opened. In that moment, we see all three persons of the Godhead–the Son being baptized as the Spirit descends in the form of a dove and the Father speaks from heaven. There are many ways folks have tried to illustrate the triune nature of God. All of those illustrations fall short somewhere. And the skeptics say, “See, this just doesn’t make any sense at all.” But isn’t this struggle actually to be expected? God is beyond space and time. He lives in a “dimension” beyond ours. We have no scope of reference to understand even the realm of His existence, let alone the nature of His existence within it. Doesn’t it stand to reason that trying to explain His infinite existence in finite terms to limited minds is going to be practically impossible? Would we honestly expect that explanation to be easily grasped? It would be like a 3-dimensional cube trying to explain its nature to a 2-dimensional square.
Cube: “I’m six squares placed at right angles to each other so that every edge connects to the edge of another square and forms a unified whole.”
Square: “O, so you’re six squares?”
Cube: “Well, actually, I’m one cube.”
Square: “Wait! What?”
Cube: “Try this. Imagine a million squares stacked on top of each other to form a kind of square that extends up.”
Square: “What is up?”
Cube: “You know, extending into space above the plane on which you exist.”
Square: “What is space? And what do you mean ‘above’?”
Cube: “Just try to imagine one square laying flat on top of you and another and another and another on up to a million.”
Square: “Okay, okay. I don’t know what ‘on top” means. But you’re saying you’re a million squares, not six squares?”
Cube: “No, I’m one cube.”
Square: “Which is it? Are you six squares or one cube?”
My point is not that God is three persons added together to make one God. The point is simply to see that the struggle we have to understand the Triune God makes perfect sense. If He were easy to understand and comprehend, it would likely mean we made Him up. Keep studying. Keep working at it, but don’t let the skeptics get you down. This struggle to understand God is exactly how it should be.
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