I’m all for trinity. Trinity this and trinity that. Clicking on my trinity tag is like typing Google into Google – you may just BREAK THE INTERNET.
But here’s the thing – “The Trinity” does not reveal God. Jesus reveals God (might I add, by the Spirit). That’s the trinity. But “The Trinity” is not the image of the invisible God. “The Trinity” is not the Mediator between some Distant-Power-God and today’s agnostic enquirer. Rublev’s is not the Icon of the unseen LORD – Jesus is.
I see Christians captured by the wonder of trinity and I’m excited. Without trinity there is no gospel. There is no other God but Jesus with His Father and Spirit. And we participate in that divine nature in Jesus. These truths do need shouting from the rooftops!
But in people’s excitement to placard the warmth of the intra-trinitarian life I see a danger. The danger is that Jesus might not be the Way in to ‘God is love’. Instead natural theology provides the in: “we all know love is lovely, well wouldn’t it be nice if God was love in just the way we all understand love….”
One problem with this (among others) is that preachers might not be sufficiently earthed in their speaking. They will paint verbal Rublevs rather than simply opening Scripture and saying look at Jesus.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for affective talk and trumpeting the surprising loveliness of the Lord. But let’s just make sure it’s the actual Jesus of Scripture who is revealing this to us.
Joining the life of the trinity is the very stuff of life. But what that looks like is joining Christ. It’s a reality I experience in Jesus of Nazareth, not in some abstract mushy love vibe.
We will really be trinitarian when we are Jesus obsessed.