Ever feel like you don’t quite measure up? Recently, in Dr. Haykin’s lectures at school, I’ve been overwhelmed by the reality of the nature of the trinity. It is incredible to me how a doctrine like this could be so incredibly central to everything that we believe, and yet, the average Christian knows so little about it.
Perhaps it’s partially because of the cultural mindset that says, “I like the spiritual thoughts and ideas that I come up with.” Or the other attitude, “I can’t understand it, so I don’t want to deal with it.”
But we’re talking about the very nature of God here… this is not something that you can take or leave and it has no consequence. We must (in Luther’s words) “beat importunately upon” the Bible at all places where it speaks of God, so that we might better understand him.
To that end, Dr. Haykin will be coming to preach at our church in the evening on Nov. 27, on the trinity. No matter how much we want to say “I’m not a theologian, just an everyday Christian,” these are things we need to stretch ourselves to understand.
In the end, however, we recognize that “The secret things belong to the Lord our God” and that we must be content with that. We seek to understand the revelation that we have, but in humility, we never to speculate. As someone (I forget who) has said, with regard to the trinity, “Try to explain it, and you’ll lose your mind; But try to deny it, and you’ll lose your soul.”
Perhaps most appropriately, Spurgeon himself said (of the phrase “today I have begotten thee,” from Psalm 2), “If this
refers to the Godhead of our Lord, let us not attempt to fathom it, for it is a great truth, a truth reverently to be received, but not irreverently to be scanned. It may be added, that if this relates to the Begotten One in his human nature, we must here also rejoice in the mystery, but not attempt to violate its sanctity by intrusive prying into the secrets of the Eternal God. The things which are revealed are enough, without venturing into vain speculations. In attempting to define the Trinity, or unveil the essence of Divinity, many men have lost themselves: here great ships have foundered. What have we to do in such a sea with our frail skiffs?”