Holy Trinity

Embracing the Holy Trinity: Discovering True Community and Belonging

By: Julianna Hale


June 5, 2023

Fifteen years ago, my life took a significant turn when God led me back to the church, especially here at Atkinson Congregational Church. Seeking a deeper understanding of God, I immersed myself in Bible studies and explored various worship communities. Along this journey, I encountered challenges that deepened my faith, but one concept continued to perplex me as a new believer: the Holy Trinity.


As we celebrate Trinity Sunday, we delve into the blinding sun, attempting to comprehend the essence of God and the relationship between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. So, bear with me as we explore this theological mystery, seeking a glimpse into the heart of the Christian church.

The Triune God: Exploring Three in Unity:

While the word "Trinity" is not explicitly mentioned in the Bible, numerous verses allude to the existence of each divine entity. The concept of the Trinity emphasizes that God is one, yet exists in three distinct Persons. The term "Trinity" derives from "tri," meaning "three," and "unity," meaning "one." Many Christians believe that these three Persons are in a profound relationship with one another and with us. We are invited to be part of this divine unity while retaining our individual identities. As stated in Matthew 28:19-20, "we are commissioned to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit."


The Paradox of the Holy Trinity: A Mystery Beyond Comprehension:

Undeniably, the Trinity presents a paradox that defies human logic. How can one be three, yet remain one in essence? As John Wesley once wrote, "Bring me a worm that can comprehend a man, and then I will show you a man that can comprehend the Triune God." The mystery of the Trinity lies at the heart of our worship, calling us to embrace the unfathomable and accept that our finite minds cannot fully grasp the nature of God.


Understanding the Holy Trinity through Scripture:

To gain a better understanding, let us turn to the Scriptures.

  • God, the Father, is the Almighty Provider, the Eternal Love, and the Creator of all things, as we find in the Lord's Prayer.  - Matthew 6:9
  • Jesus, the Son, is our Savior, the only begotten Son of God, sent to bring us grace, truth, salvation, and eternal life. - John 3:16
  • He revealed the Father's love through his teachings, miracles, forgiveness, and unconditional love. Lastly, the Holy Spirit, our Helper and Advocate, is actively present on Earth, teaching and guiding us in all things. - John 14:26
  • When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, His Holy Spirit dwells within us, equipping us with spiritual gifts and empowering us to bear the fruits of the Spirit. - Galatians 5:22-23


The Divine Dance: Participating in True Community:

Though our understanding may be limited, we can glimpse the Trinity's beauty as we contemplate the idea of a divine dance. In C.S. Lewis's words, "God is love" only carries meaning when we acknowledge that God comprises at least two persons. The loving dynamic within God has existed for eternity. As Stephen Seamands explains in "The Ministry in the Image of God," through the incarnation of Jesus, divinity flowed into humanity, and humanity was drawn into divinity. This mutual indwelling of God and humanity reveals a profound truth: the essence and unity of God expressed through a personal and interpersonal dance.


Belonging, Grace, and Fellowship in the Holy Trinity:

In the Trinity, we discover true community—a harmonious interplay of relationship, love, and belonging. When we consider the Trinity, we realize that we are drawn into this divine choreography. Our neighbors, both loved and unloved, and the entire cosmos find their place within this communal embrace. It echoes the mission of our church, Atkinson Congregational Church, which strives to serve those in need, provide an inclusive safe space, and inspire through worship, music, and growing faith.


The Holy Trinity remains a mystery that transcends human comprehension. Yet, as believers, we are invited to embrace the reality of the Triune God—a God who is in perfect relationship within Himself and extends His love and grace to us. In the Trinity, we find an invitation to participate in the divine dance, to experience true community and belonging. As we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, we are empowered to live out the great commission, embodying the love and ministry of Jesus Christ in our world. May we continue to explore the depths of the Holy Trinity, finding inspiration, guidance, and unity in our shared faith.