God in the Before

Sunday June 12, 2022 Trinity Sunday (Cycle C)

The tie in between today’s readings: Wisdom in the Divine Plan

Psalm 8:4-9Proverbs 8:22-31Romans 5:1-5John 16:12-15

In the Before, the Triune God spoke. “We wish to form a physical universe from nothing with space and time so that there will be a beginning and an end.  We will cooperatively establish its order and form for the praise and glory of our name. We wish to reveal aspects of our nature: grace, mercy, sacrifice, love, and other virtues consistent with our character for our glory. We wish to share our divine nature to reflect our glory. We wish to create man. We agree. We have Wisdom (Proverb 8:22). Let there be light…BANG…and so, it began.

Wisdom is the poetic portrayal of the Trinity in our reading in Proverbs 8:22-31. This section focuses on the production of the inorganic creation. The coordinated Godhead organized the constellations and balanced the galaxies like a child’s mobile. The Almighty hung a beautiful blue bauble on nothing and His Spirit brooded over the waters. The personified attributes of the Father, the Logos, and the Holy Spirit built this house we call earth. Wisdom laid the stonework foundations of the continents. Understanding set the plumbing of the water cycle. Knowledge installed the air conditioning of the wind and the electricity of the storms. Like children at July 4th fireworks, the spiritual world shouted for joy at the glory of the Lord on display (Job 38:7). God stood back and looked at His creation thus far and said, “Good!”

Psalm 8:4-9 picks up with God’s creation of the organic world on days five and six. It’s getting late on the sixth day and there was one more thing left to do. So far, everything was spoken into existence, but man would be different. It was time for fun in the mud! The Almighty bent down, fashioned Adam from the ground, and amazingly breathed God life into his dead shell. He became a living soul! From then on, the focus of the spiritual world shifted to a speck in the universe called the Earth and to a speck on the earth called man, all because he bore the image of the Trinity. God gave him stewardship over this world and pronounced it, “Very good!”

The Fall follows shortly thereafter and the dramatic battle for the souls of men began. No surprise. It was the primary purpose of Wisdom in the Divine Plan at the Before! The Trinity acted in coordination in Salvation just as the Trinity acted in coordination in the Creation. The Father elects believers throughout the corridors of time to be beneficiaries of Christ’s sacrifice. The Son, as the Logos made flesh, comes to accomplish the necessary redemption. Our reading in John 16:12-15 highlights the Holy Spirit as the discloser of truth as part of His actions in the Re-Creation of the born-again man. Romans 5:1-5 picks up on the Holy Spirit’s involvement in shaping us into the image of Christ through adversity.

It boggles the mind to think that we are players in a love story that started in eternity past and will continue even after God collapses this universe to begin anew. The wise and eternal Father knew us and loved us in the Before. He married us to Jesus who became the Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the world. From that sacrifice, the Spirit was also gifted to each child of God as an assurance of eternal life. Even now, we are seated with Christ in heaven and are endowed with all spiritual blessings. We live in the already, and the not yet simultaneously, as we march to the end of time and the completion of God’s Divine Plan. The Father that loved you then, loves you now, and will always love you. He calls to you to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sin. Do not harden your heart against the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Receive eternal life now! Be part of the plan. Take the call of the gospel seriously and live with the triune God in the happily ever after!

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