I noticed at the last minute today, that this week is the celebration of Trinity Sunday – recognizing the Three aspects of God (or the Divine, as I call that Co-mingling of Creator/Messiah/Holy Spirit). Not that it really changes what I said yesterday – other than adapting the title a little. And really, the Trinity does not change the Roles that the Divine has had in the history of humanity. Yes, for all that I tout it, it does not really actually impact the broad continuum of theology.
“So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh– for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.” (Romans 8:12 – 14)
We are called “children of God”. Does that mean according to Triune theology we are also children of Jesus? Or children of the Holy Spirit? Simply put, no. Each Aspect of the Divine has properties unique to that Aspect – so strongly do I feel this that I capitalize “Aspect” appropriating it as a holy word, for it describes the Holy. Note that Paul says the action of the Spirit saves us and gives us life. Here Jesus is the exemplar and that example leads us to call on the Spirit so that our sin might be swept away and we will be ushered to new and new relationship to God.
“For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ–if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. “ (Verses 15 – 17)
Paul tells his readers of the familial relationship with the Divine; we are children of God with Jesus as our adopted Divine Sibling, and the Holy Spirit is our Companion in life.
I started life as an only child, beloved reader, but overtime acquired a half-brother and a step-brother. In addition, in the due course of time I joined the family of God and went into the “family business.” I know have siblings throughout all of Christendom (to use a very old and really actually outdated term). And whatever other relationship I have with the people around me, I consider them family because they are all children under the Lord God. So I am obligated (and glad to) treatment them as cherished family members, and beloved to me! Shalom & Selah!