God's Blueprint for Relationships

The Trinity is not an abstract theological concept, one that can be debated among academia but has no direct impact upon the believer.  It provides us with the blueprint for how godly relationships are to operate.

He that made mankind in the beginning male and female is three Persons in perfect unity.  He that instituted marriage knows what it is to be "one."  The Trinity might be confusing to some when they are trying to comprehend it, it provides us a snapshot of what we were created for in our relationships.

Stuart Scott points this out in his book, The Exemplary Husband (Bemidji, MN: Focus Publishing, 2002, pp. 51-52).  Here is what he gleans from his studies:

Within the relationships of the Godhead (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) there is:

  • A willingness to deny self (Mark 14:32-36; Phil 2:5-9).
  • Honor and respect - though equality exists (John 8:49; 2 Pet 1:17).
  • Submission to an order of authority - though equality exists (John 8:28-29; 14:31; 16:13; 1 Cor 11:3).
  • Humility (John 16:14; Phil 2:1-11; 1 Cor 11:3).
  • Unity (Deut 6:4; John 10:30, 38; 14:10-11, 23; 17:11)
  • Uniqueness of Personhood - three distinct persons (Luke 3:21-22;  John 1:31-34; 14:23-26; Acts 5:3-4).
  • Perfect communication (John 8:28; 15:15; 16:13; 2 Pet 1:17)
  • Involvement and cooperation (Gen 1:26; Luke 4:1; John 14:23; Col 1:12-20)
  • Knowledge of the other Persons (Matt 11:27; John 8:55; 15:15; 1 Cor 2:10)
  • Expressions of thankfulness (Matt 11:25; 15:36; 26:27; Luke 10:21; John 11:41)
  • Verbal expressions of love, goodness, blessing and service (John 15:9-10; 17:4, 23; Rom 15:3; Gal 5:22; Col 1:19).
  • Truthfulness/Trustworthiness (John 3:33; 14:17; Tit 1:1-2; Heb 6:18).
  • Utmost concern for God's truth and glory (John 16:14; 17:1, 5, 24).

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