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Delighting in the Trinity Review
on 8 December 2013
My full review found here: [...]
Reeves's basis is: What is the point of the Trinity? Why does it matter if we have one or not? How does what I know about the Trinity affect my daily living?
When we look at Michelangelo's painting "The Creation of Adam" in the Sistine Chapel, we see Adam limply holding his hand out, being supported by his knee. But to whom? As we continue to scan the painting, we see that he is barely holding his hand out to God who is reaching out, almost straining, to make contact with Adam.
All of humankind has this kind of meager attitude (less actually) toward God. But the Father, overflowing in love, created us and sent His Son to die and share in what He has so that we could be co-inheritors with Christ and be reunited with God who then gives us even more: His Spirit, who "not only enables us to know and love Christ; he also gives us the mind of Christ, making us like him" (pg. 95). And the best we can do is lift up a finger, as if even pointing to God is going too far.
This book is about the love of the Trinity for mankind and how it is so unexpected, undeserved, unmerited, and how God continues to show His mercy on us even still.
This book is 130 pages, but really it's only 121. It's such a short read!
Reeves says that the Trinity isn't an oddity (for it is who God is, and God isn't odd), but many of the images people use to describe God (eggs, water, a shamrock, even bacon) make the Trinity seem anything but `normal.'
It's a simple read: I read this book before I arrived in York for my last Bible College semester Spring '13. I read the first 2 chapters at home, and then the other 5 on the plane ride over to the UK. It was so interesting I couldn't put it down, but it was so simple I didn't want to put it down!
It's a deep read: But simple doesn't equal childish. This book can be understood by high schoolers to scholars to pastors to teachers to moms and dads. It's not a book on being able to spit out facts on the omniscience of the Holy Spirit and how the hypostatic union of Christ works. It's not about brainy knowledge. It's about a true relationship, and the more we see how much God loves us (though we'll never scratch the surface), the more we want to be enveloped in that love and spend time with Him and live in a way that pleases Him.
This does not replace the Bible (of course), but it is a helpful and practical supplement.