Why Does the Trinity Matter? (Part 3)

Ken Samples

READ : John 14:22-26

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things. (v. 26, NIV)

A member of my church once asked me to describe the practical implications of the doctrine of the Trinity. I suggested that one could begin with the divine act of creation. God did not need to create the universe, for he was in no way desperate or incomplete in personhood or being. After all, within the Godhead there are three eternally distinct (but not separate) persons who live in loving community with each other. Theologian Cornelius Plantinga explains a critical point: “The persons within God exalt each other, commune with each other, defer to one another. Each person, so to speak, makes room for the other two.”

Imagine what our churches would look like if we sought to emulate, even imperfectly, the divine community that is lived out eternally by the three persons of the Godhead. Treating each other with mutual respect, deference, and humility would create genuine community in our churches. Imagine the impact if we just began to see other brothers and sisters in Christ as having equal value and treated their concerns on a par with our own. Meditating on how the persons within God relate to each other can serve to stimulate more authentically Christian living.


Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.