I have discussed understanding the Trinity a lot on my blog. Understanding God as Father, Son and Spirit means that the singular term “God” refers more to a space where communion is celebrated, than any single person in the communion, almost like a table.
Today I want to look at one of the most straight forward examples given to us by Jesus Himself on understanding his relationship with his Father. The funny thing is that we actually use the phrasing all the time, but we miss it. In fact in this post I have used it a couple of times. That is simply Father and Son. That means “God” is a family or maybe rather the family.
The Pharisees knew that Jesus was essentially calling Himself God when calling Himself the Son. They accused Him of blasphemy because of it. The early church, ironically, agreed with the pharisees interpretation of the idea of Jesus being the Son of the Father and the doctrine of the Trinity was formed.
But this brings up a wonderfully scandalous point: what does this mean for us when Jesus prays “Our Father”, not just “My Father”?
It means if “God” is a family, we are in it. Jesus is not our Father, He is our brother.
“So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father*. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters.” – Hebrews 2:11
*Some translations says we are “from the same family”.
Further as Paul says there is “one Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:6). No one is excluded. Every single one of us is part of this one Family. The family, surnamed “God”.
What a glorious gospel!