who is GodNo, this is not a theology 101 lesson, although I am happy to give those. This is a question that I ponder on from time to time, a question which helps me remember who God is, especially when I engage with the persons of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

You see, and I’m not sure about you, but I can certainly get quite comfortable with the person of Jesus, the man who walked amongst us, the human to whom I can relate, the man the cried, got angry, bled… to this I can relate. I can also be very comfortable with the Holy Spirit in some ways, titles like comforter, councillor, healer, provider and so on. They all feed my need to have my needs met. And both these images and relationships I have with Jesus and the Holy Spirit can also feed into a western image of ‘my saviour’, that this is all about me… the Jesus died for me, that the Holy Spirit is here for me.

 

And in some sense that is true, they are here for me… but only in the sense that the ‘me’ is expected to be part of the ‘we’, the body of Christ, the church family, the communities we belong to… And so I return to my question ‘Who is God?’. If he’s not just here for ‘me’ as it were… And the moments of creation as outlined in Genesis help remind me that as well as being persons concerned with the individual, they are also so, so much more.

Genesis 1:1-5
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

I have only outlined the first few verses, you can read the rest for yourselves, but even in these 5 verses we are reminded the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are so much more than I believe we can ever truly describe. How can our words every really capture all that God is? I don’t think they can. For in these verses we see the Father and the Holy Spirit being present at, and responsible for, creation.

And in John 1 we find these words ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Here we see Jesus, the word of God, being that through which the Father spoke creation. ‘Hands that flung stars into space, to cruel nails surrender’ – and we so often shrink the personhood of God to little more than personal bellhops – fetch this, do that, please make this happen for me.

The Father was the instigator, the Word – Jesus, was the conduit, the Holy Spirit the shaper, all three present and willing creation, all three full with raw divine power… nothing in existence is without its foundation in the three persons of the Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

So then next time we come to pray please do remember that personal aspect of the relationship that exists between you and the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, for they have invited you into that space, the veil in the temple was torn as a sign that we can be close… but we must also remember to approach with awe, with reverence, with honesty and respect… for it is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit who were there at creation, who instigated creation, that invite us to come. It is they, who no human language can adequately describe, that we worship… They are in every sense of the word almighty and rightly should they be praised.