That’s fascinating that we could almost say, “In the beginning, Jesus created the Heavens and the Earth.” (This is a reaction to the January 2 bible study lesson at http://www.ssnet.org/lessons/13a/less01.html.)
I remember a friend of mine arguing hard against the concept of the Trinity. I said that even in Genesis, God was already calling Himself “we.” That’s just the start of all the clues in the Bible, and it is revealed more fully later: in the New Testament, it was really obvious to the Apostles (eventually) that God was Three. They talk freely about Jesus being fully God, and about His Father God, and the Holy Spirit Who is God.
But maybe people really rebel against this concept because it is so different from our experience. It is simply impossible in human life for one being to be three different persons. We can only be one being and one person.
What does that mean? It means that your existence is expressed through one person, your identity is one person. But God is expressed through Three Persons. That’s a totally different way of existing.
Now, this makes our salvation possible. If God only expressed as one Person, He wouldn’t be able to die as Jesus while still living as the Father and Holy Spirit. If Jesus’ death was necessary, it wouldn’t be possible without the Trinity.
What I wonder is this: if God the Son completely left eternity behind and all of His eternal self was confined in Jesus, was there any of Himself left to do other things in other times in history besides just being in Jesus? For example, could God the Son still be in the Garden of Eden sculpting Adam as Himself before being Jesus, or would the hands forming Adam’s face already have nail scars? The Bible does call Jesus “the Lamb of God slain from the foundation of the world.”
Well, God has many mysteries in Him; no wonder we believe we will study the science of salvation forever.
(Praise Team Leader at New Horizons SDA Church in Republic, MO)