Our model for relationship comes from the Holy Trinity. We are created in the image of God, and made for relationships. We have a different relationship with each person of the triune God: Father, Son, and Spirit. While each relationship is multi-faceted, I’d like to highlight one key relationship we can have with each part of God…
God, Our Father
One of my favorite descriptions of God’s relationship with us is as His adopted children. This is especially meaningful to me as a future adoptive mother, but for all of us, it is a beautiful reminder of God’s love for us. In 2 Corinthians 6:18, we are reminded that God said, “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters.” And as we learn in 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now we are children of God.” We know that Jesus is God’s son, and in Matthew 12, Jesus declares that “whoever does the will of My father who is in heaven, he is my brother and sister…” God is our Father, and we are His children. We are forever adopted, never to be orphaned. What a special relationship we have with each other!
Jesus, Our Friend
Our King, Our Savior, Our Lord…there are many descriptions of our relationship to Jesus, but one of my favorites is that of friend. The description of Jesus as friend does not diminish the other facets of our relationship with Him, but it does remind me of how Jesus became a human – just like me. As a friend, he laid down his life for me – and for you. In John 15:13-15, Jesus says it this way:
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends.
Jesus calls us friends. As the old hymn goes, “What a friend we have in Jesus.”
Holy Spirit, Our Counselor
In John 14, Jesus tells His disciples that after He leaves them, He will send someone after Himself that will never leave. This is the person of the Holy Spirit. In the King James version, the term comforter is used. In the New International versions, the Holy Spirit is called advocate. In the New King James Version, the term helper is used. Several other versions use my favorite description of the Holy Spirit: counselor. I’m biased, I know. After all, I’m also a counselor. Yet – this term means so much more when describing the Holy Spirit, who glorifies Jesus (Jn. 16:14) and convicts us (Jn. 16:8) through the Word of God.
What attribute of each member of the Holy Trinity means the most to you…what speaks to you in your relationship with God and with others? Join the conversation below!
(Thanks to Dr. Barry Jimmerson and Dr. Blue Bryan for their input on this topic.)