The Trinity, Creation, and Redemption

This is a ‘grain of salt’ post…meaning it should be taken with such.

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I observed something while researching for a paper a while back and thought it might be interesting for others to consider as well. It is probably most appropriate to frame this observation as a question:

Why did the “second person of the trinity” play such a prominent role in the creation and redemption of mankind?

I may be stepping outside the realm of orthodox trinitarianism here (so feel free to steer me back if I am), but one could almost get the idea that humanity was sort of his special project. I don’t mean to imply that the “first and third persons” are unenthusiastic or minimally involved (scripture clearly teaches the opposite), or that there has been anything less than perfect unity of love, mind, and purpose within the Godhead concerning the creation and destiny of humankind.

Still, I can’t help but wonder…by what criteria was one person of the coequal, coeternal trinity chosen as the most suitable for the task of becoming a man, redeeming and restoring humanity through death and resurrection, and retaining identification with humanity thereafter?

Is there something we’re not told that is the cause of this unique connection, this especially ‘hands-on’ role?

I don’t pretend to know how it would look even if it was the case…I haven’t got any idea how God’s thoughts happen or how communication within the trinity works. I guess in the back of my mind I have (in very simplistic terms) the idea of the second person sort of being the one to first pitch the idea—and along with the idea, his desire and willingness to engage very directly and intimately in the acts of creation, redemption, and intercession.

Again this is reading between the lines, or maybe behind them, or far to the left of them…I don’t know.

In any case, it is passages such as these that arouse my curiosity:

John 1:10-11 (NASB) 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.

Colossians 1:16 (NASB) 16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.

1 Peter 1:18-21 (NASB) 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things… 19 but with precious blood…the blood of Christ. 20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you 21 who through Him are believers in God…

Philippians 3:20-21 (NASB) 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

Hebrews 7:25 (NASB) 25 Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

In addition, whatever one believes about Jesus’ form and appearance in heaven (a discussion, perhaps, for another time), his continuing identification with mankind is an undeniably central theme in Revelation.

I know that all was according to the love, will, pleasure, and activity of the Father and the Spirit, as well as the Son. Still, the idea nags at me that there may be something there…

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4 thoughts on “The Trinity, Creation, and Redemption”

  1. It may be that the oneness of the Trintiy is what it is inpenetrable for us. If they have ‘roles’ then it is perhaps natural that the One who created would continue his ‘role’ in the process of redemption. And the Spirit, who breathes life into creation, continues the same process in our redemption. But we are, of course, trying to use human terms to explain what is way beyond us 🙂

    1. A somewhat logical grain of salt then. 🙂
      Truthfully, it raises a whole host of other questions and tensions, but that’s what happens when one blogs about nagging, speculative thoughts.

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