This Sunday at Joy Community Fellowship I'll be attempting from John 1:18 (and a few other texts) to describe the ineffable: the infinite delight, joy and pleasure that God has had in the fellowship of Himself from all eternity. As a result, I've been reading a good bit this week on the Trinity.
Heavy stuff, but I found this quote from Eric Thoennes in the ESV Study Bible's article on the Trinity to be very insightful and practical. In essence, Thoennes writes that there are little shadows and echoes of the doctrine of the Trinity everywhere:
This unity and diversity (One God, yet eternally existing in three distinct persons) is at the heart of the great mystery of the Trinity. Unity without uniformity is baffling to finite minds, but the world shows different types of reflections of this principle of oneness and distinction at every turn.
What is the source of the transcendent beauty in a symphony, the human body, marriage, ecosystems, the church, the human race, a delicious meal, or a perfectly executed fast break in basketball? Is it not, in large part, due to the distinct parts coming together to form a unified whole, leading to a unified result?
Unity and distinction -- the principle at the heart of the Trinity -- can be seen in much of what makes life so rich and beautiful. Woven into the fabric of the world are multiple reflections of the One who made it with unity and distinction as the parallel qualities of its existence.