Trinity - It's All About Family
How important is your family to you? For many, nothing compares to the importance of family. This is not by happenstance. You see, we were created in the image of God. What does this have to do with family? Consider that God is the perfect family. As Father, Son and Holy Spirit co-exist in perfect tri-unity (trinity), so they impart to us the desire for closeness within family. To see this rightly is to recognize that our families are made in the likeness of the perfect divine family - the Trinity.
As God created Adam and Eve, He established a cosmic covenant and a marriage covenant between them. ‚ÄúThe two shall become one flesh‚Äù. They were instructed to be fruitful and multiply. The family on earth was born in union with the perfect Triune family and lived in dominion over and harmony with creation. They were full of grace. What happened? Adam and Eve failed to obey their heavenly Father, and consequently, they forfeited the fullness of grace and perfection. They died spiritually.
But, all was not lost because God had a plan. God desired to reconcile with fallen humanity - now empty of familial grace. He offered protection and a relationship to Noah in a family covenant. God expanded the covenant relationship, establishing a tribal covenant with Abraham and his family tree. He further augmented the covenant to a nation in Moses. The covenant grew to a kingdom in David. Finally, the covenant reached its full redemptive potential in Jesus. In Christ, the original marriage and cosmic covenants established in the garden are restored. Jesus extends God‚Äôs redemption to everyone. Through His atoning death and resurrection, Jesus brings victory over sin, death and hell. As we participate in corporate worship (sacred assembly) each Sunday, let us remember that through Jesus we can again share in the nature of the Trinity. 2 Peter 1:4 says, ‚ÄúHe has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world‚Ä¶‚Äù John 17:20-21 records Jesus praying, "I pray also for those who will believe in me...that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us..." It really is all about family - an eternal family that includes all of us who are in Christ.
Trick question - who else in the Scriptures is said to be, "Full of Grace"?