Greetings Again Friends Around the World,
Man’s salvation is eternally tied to a life lived in the heart of the Trinitarian existence of God. The command to not worship other gods apart from the true God, is directly connected to our conception of Him – that He is “Trinitarian” and not a “solitary,” one-person God. Other gods are solitary, not triune like He is in the Father, Son, and Spirit. By being Triune in nature, He essentially is relational and lives as ONE in Love, for He is Love (1 John 4:8) His Triune reality in man creates a world of difference more than we can ever realize. This is the stuff of the miraculous.
Rublev’s Famous Icon of Holy Trinity (Wiki Commons)
In this post, we’ll see how God relates with man in His Trinitarian reality and extend the same to all mankind through believers who have put their faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. My sincere hope is you will see God’s unmistakable appeal to man in the Gospel to participate and experience His Trinitarian reality through Jesus in the power of the Spirit. And then to live life that’s truly life with all humans, through a relationship that is realized in the Spirit that is true to His nature of Love in His Triunity. (John 4:24)
Life presents us with only two broad ways of life – man’s self-centered “solitary” way, or God’s loving, unified “Triune” way. In the book, “Bula man-river – The Miracle of Triune Living” I presented two metaphors to represent these two ways of life: the “Bulumanriver” with deathly waters of carnal man influenced by the devil, and the “Bulamanriver” with the “living waters” of the Holy Spirit where life is lived in the heart of the Triune life of God. One is 1-dimensional, while the other is 3-dimensional. One is the way of independence, while the other is the way of interdependence. It is a life of living in the Spirit who unifies man to the Father through the Son, not in his fleshly self. Paul was inspired to write this,
“If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness…. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live” (Rom.8:9-13). Here, we see how both Jesus and the Spirit interpenetrates the “living waters” flowing in the life of the Bula man-river (believer).
Purpose of Triune Life in Christ
The purpose of the “Triune life” is essentially to protect the believer from the inconsistencies and ravages of the “solitary life” which ultimately leads to physical toil and spiritual death. It is a life lived under the influence of the devil who is the instigator of all human pain and suffering in the world. God Loves us so much He wants us to live a life filled with joy, not suffering. He is the Fountain of joy, a joy that will culminate in an eternity with Him. (Isa.12:2-3) When you are thinking trinitarianly in Christ, you are aware that your walk is always in the midst of the Father, Jesus, and Herald (Spirit). Your emotional reaction is always tampered by Their Loving relationship with each other that you have now stepped into and receive and live in Christ.
To think and live trinitarianly is to dwell and live in each other’s Love for each other, not in your own solitary self-centered self. In other words, you find your true self only by discovering fulfillment in one another. So we’re not living in the emotional juggernaut of the moment through the “solitary life” that comes with dire consequences. Every act you take in the Triune life of God, makes you consider their Loving Triune reality in your life, and every other human, those of the faith and they who are not in the faith. And always, it is an action taken in Love, for Love is the very nature of the God who is Triune. This is what the surrendered life means, it’s not the life of the defeatist, but a life of triumphant procession in His Love.
Living the “Solitary” Life Still
If the “Triune Life” frees us from the curse and malevolence of the “solitary life,” then it’s logical to conclude that the “Triune Life” essentially embodies the ‘Creative Life’ of the Triune God, for the very Life of God is synonymous with all things good, breathtakingly wonderful, and magnificent in its splendor. (Gen.1:31; Ps.8; 40:5; Acts 10:38; Mal.4:5-6) The “solitary life” is synonymous with everything uncreative, corrupt and deathly in fallen man. Here is the irony that’s seen in most of Christianity: many who call themselves followers of Christ are living the “solitary life” still – they think as long as they acknowledge Christ, then they are in good-standing with God. To live the Christian life in “solitary” mode is to live apart from Christ, for He is Triune in His Godly nature with the Father and the Spirit.
Though a person may claim to believe in the Trinity, if he still lives the “solitary” life in himself, he still lives apart from Christ. Paul said, “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ” (Rom.8:9). So, we see Jesus does not act solitarily, there’s the Spirit also. Many “Christians” simply don’t know how to live the Triune Life in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Taking the name of Jesus automatically comes with the Triune Life of God. (Matt.28:19) In reality, taking the name of Christ demands we give up the “solitary” life in the self, in exchange for the Triune Life in Christ. It’s a change that I call “flush-out” in my book. The Christian Life is lived in Christ, who lives in the “Triune Life” of God. The sign of Christianity was made clear by Paul above – it requires the presence of the Holy Spirit. The presence of the Spirit is the start of the activity of the Trinitarian God in a believer made possible by Jesus. (John 16:7)
What Religion Does
Sadly, what religion has done is turn man back upon himself in his “solitary life” by saying that his salvation is “his” responsibility. They say Christ has done His part, now man must play his part to earn it. This is the devil’s deception at its very core. Salvation is all grace and freely given to man. God has not abdicated your salvation by placing it in your own hands, nor the hands of another, for that matter. Salvation is all God’s doing in Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit. If Christ is a partial Savior, then the Gospel is not true. Jesus is not a 50/50 Savior, with man playing his 50%. If salvation is a free gift which comes from the free grace of God, it is impossible for man to earn it, let alone 50%. For the Gospel tells us He is the complete Savior. Paul says, “We are complete in Him” (Col.2:10; Acts 4:11-12). Our part is simply to “hide in Christ” as the waters cover the riverbed (man), and let the Spirit live His life fully (overflowing) in man like “living waters” (John 7:37-39).
What The Spirit Does
The work of the Spirit is made evident by Jesus when He said, “But when He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own, He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is to come. He will glorify Me for it is from Me that He will receive what He will make known to you. All that belongs to the Father is Mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from Me what He will make known to you.” (John 16:13-15) It is clear the work of the Spirit is to reveal what belongs to, or the will of, the Father and the Son for you and me. This passage is entirely Trinitarian in its rendition and meaning. In other words, Jesus is telling us that salvation is not entirely His, but is the will of the Father, and the Spirit have important roles in our lives every day. Jesus emphasized this truth when He said, “I can of myself do nothing” (John 8:28). It is unfortunate that we have placed Jesus’ work in our solitary frame of reference and overlook how the Spirit is deeply involved with Jesus in true their Trinitarian movement to make our salvation possible. The Spirit’s role is to take man into the Triune Life and understand the will of God in his life in and through Christ.
Doing The Will of The Father
Jesus makes plain that it is possible to say one is Christian, but is none of His: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matt.7:20-21). By saying, “only the one who does the will of My Father” He makes a Trinitarian statement. Jesus never did things on His own, by His freewill, but rather His actions was always a collaborative triune work with the Father and the Spirit. The verse following this says even those who perform miracles in His name He will shun: “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!'” (V. 22-23). Many have wondered about this passage as to its actual meaning. There’s is only one possible answer, are you relating with God in your own “solitary life” and will, or in His “Triune Life” through Jesus? The answer makes all the difference. It explains about what a person believes inspiring the way he lives – if he lives the “Triune Life” in Christ, or if he has place Christ in a box of his own solitary making.
The will of the Father is also the will of the Son and dispensed by the Spirit in the believer. So, from eternity, the will of God has always been “Triune.” The eternal activity of the three Persons of the Trinity was one of Loving each other. (John 17:24) The act of One is always the act of all Three – God is indivisibly ONE in their Love. This translates into a life where man lives a collaborative, interdependent, unified, and Trinitarian life in Christ. We can do “good works” based upon our human “solitary” mindset, and God calls it for what it truly is – “filthy rags” (Isa.64:6). It is what the Spirit produces in man, flowing as “living waters” in the riverbed of man (Bulamanriver*), that results in “good” that’s of Godly substance.
Let us look into the “Creative Life” we are brought into by the presence of the Spirit in man, who constantly takes him into the presence of the Triune God so man can live the “Triune Life.”
What is “Creative Life” – Fire of the Spirit?
The beauty of the Trinitarian life in all its awe and wonder is to experience and participate in the “creative works” of God as He flows in us into the valleys He has charted for us to reach out and touch with His Love. (John 17:20-23) Our most difficult task is to learn to step out of the way, for we’re always tempted to dictate our “solitary” expressions of life. Instead see the wonder of His hands at work – for once in our life. God says, “Stand still, and see My salvation which I will show you. I will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace” (Exo.14:13-14, emphasis mine). Listen, we can’t see His salvation if we don’t allow Him. God is Love and gentle, He’s not pushy and aggressive when it comes to His children. God made man in His image, so man also has creative genius, but the question will always be, will man become a creative person in Christ through the Spirit, or be creative in his solitary self? What He has done in the universe, pales into insignificance compared to what He is creating in man. God is really recreating Himself – children, like Jesus, to inherit His nature and all things. The material creation around us is subject to deterioration and decay. But God’s cosmic plan is to use it as “clay,” so to speak, and create His very own children (Rom. 8:20-24; 29-30). Whereas the universe and life upon this earth was made to exist uniformly intuitively, man was not. That is to say, God has to convince man of His Love, for man was made to bear His image, and where there is Love there is of necessity freedom. Where there is freedom, there is the inevitability of choice. God cannot apply the instinctive uniformity He placed in creation to be similarly applied to man, for that would make man a robotic creature. He has only one means with which to convince man to accept His offer of becoming His children – His Love.
The miraculous life we live is essentially the expression of His triune Love for us. The principle upon which God’s “creative work” is done in mankind, is through the “creative Love” of Jesus through the Spirit. He gives us the power to summon our thoughts to Christ’s service through the captivating Love of the Spirit (2 Cor. 10:5; Rom.5:5). All thoughts of fear that lead to deprivation and want are overpowered by the overwhelming Love of Jesus just as the “living waters” cover the riverbed engulfs us completely. (1 John 4:8). Paul speaks of thoughts that are true and honest, thoughts that are just and pure, thoughts that are gracious and endearing, thoughts of virtue and excellence – in short our thoughts are to be about the Love of God (Phil. 4:8). In Triune living, man is the extension of the Triune nature, so we are an extension of God’s Love. I will continue with this theme in the next segment.
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Until we meet again in my next post, may the blessing of the God who ceaselessly expresses Himself in His dependable Triune Love, be with you always. May the Spirit enliven you and make all things concerning you possible in Triune Living as a Bulamanriver.*
Kiang, (Your Servant in Christ)
* Bulamanriver” is the metaphor describing the union of man with the Love of the Triune God flowing in humans, making possible the “Triune Life” – the source of the miraculous life in man. To read the many facets of life of the Bulamanriver, go to my website www.bulamanriver.com where you can order a copy of my Book.
All scriptures are taken from the NIV Version 2011, unless stated otherwise.