One of the most difficult subjects or rather doctrine in the Christian faith to explain exhaustively is the trinity. I’ve blogged about this here. And I’ve also found this blog post by Kevin DeYoung very helpful. I’m not so much a fan of DeYoung but he did a good job explaining the trinity. I hope to expand what I’ve written here for an assignment that I’m doing taking trinity as a case for explanation. These are my thoughts on rough edges.
Rather than trying to explain the essence of trinity and its complicated nature, probably one of the best explanations is understanding the doctrine of the trinity as a community, a perfect community that represents oneness.
There are many benefits to this type of explanation. Like marriage between two persons is considered a coming together that represents oneness. A company consisting of many people is considered one company who have many departments who work together and creates a company. A family that consists of a certain number of individuals represents one family. So, it seems to me that trying to understand the trinity it would be helpful for it to be understood in the form of a community. Although this does not clear every explanation to the logical explanation of each person in the trinity as to why they are considered one, it does marry the strong sense of unity that brings them together as one. Especially in the New Testament, borrowing the list of bible references from DeYoung, (Matt. 28:19; Gal. 4:6; 1 Cor.12:4-6; 1 Peter 1:1-2; 2 Cor. 2:21-22; 13:14; Eph. 1:13-14; 2:18, 20-22; 3:14-17; 4:4-6; 5:18-20; 6:10-18) we see trinity at working together in unity, as a perfect community where diversity is implied and the work of togetherness is applied.
God in an ontological sense was before history, was before anything created. So how can the idea of community exists if there was no ontological presence of the idea of community if it did not exist in the first place. So is love. The bible clearly states that God is love. but for love to be something foundational it must exist at the very beginning starting with God. If creation is patterned after the one who created it, it must assume that at the very beginning “love is.” Thus taking this into consideration, for the idea of community to have meaning, it must have a state where it had already existed.