Trinity Sunday, 2019 Year C : The Epistle Passage – The Diversity of the Divine was thinking about us and loving of us

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1 – 2)

Paul, in the previous passage, had made a strong argument that we are justified by faith by virtue of the fact that we believe in the Divine who sent Jesus and raised him from the dead. This argument/conclusion coupled with the fact that the Divine had forethought this grace would be made available to us proves to me that we (humanity) have been foremost in the Divine’s thoughts. Actually, that does sound a little bit anti-climatic. Mayhap the audience that Paul was writing to found it more stirring. Although “sharing the glory of God” would be pretty awesome. It is the next section that has the relevant part to Trinity Sunday.

“And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.” (Verses 3 – 5 [emphasis mine] )

Jesus told his disciple the Holy Spirit would guide them, teach them, inspire them, and direct them. But I do not think he talked about the Holy Spirit loving us. That is not to say that Paul is wrong or is over stepping in his thinking. What I take it to mean is that it was obvious that the Holy Spirit would love us as Jesus loved his disciples and as the Divine loves us. It is an idea/concept that under girds the theology of a Triune Divine. Each aspect of the Triune Divine has compassion for humanity. And that is also pretty awesome! Selah!

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