Some years ago I read Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves. One of the most striking and memorable insights from the book is found in the subtitle – An Introduction to the Christian Faith. The author’s premise is that the distinguishing characteristic of Christianity, the very foundation upon which it is understood and built, is found in the triune nature of God. Of all the core beliefs of the faith, like salvation by grace or the Resurrection of Jesus, one stands out above the rest. To miss out on or to deny the 3-in-1 God as revealed in the Bible is to deny Christianity itself. In missing the Trinity, you may believe in God, but it is not the Christian God.
Do you believe in a personal God? Do you believe that God is love? Do you see Him as a heavenly Father? Did you know that all of these characteristics are rooted in the Trinity? While Christians over the centuries have struggled to comprehend this concept, the Bible makes it unavoidable and central to understanding who God is. Left to ourselves, we would never have invented a triune God . . . it is something that had to be revealed to us through His Word. That is why the Christian God look so different from the other gods of this world. He is not a creation of man, He does not follow our expectations, and He is more wonderful than we could ever imagine!
Delighting in the Trinity is a book for everyone. It is short, well-written, even humorous at times, and understandable. It will give the reader a better understanding of the Christian faith, some of its history, and most importantly its God.
“For what makes Christianity absolutely distinct is the identity of our God. Which God we worship: that is the article of faith that stands before all others. The bedrock of our faith is nothing less than God himself, and every aspect of the gospel—creation, revelation, salvation—is only Christian insofar as it is the creation, revelation and salvation of this God, the triune God. I could believe in the death of a man called Jesus, I could believe in his bodily resurrection, I could even believe in a salvation by grace alone; but if I do not believe in this God, then, quite simply, I am not a Christian. And so, because the Christian God is triune, the Trinity is the governing center of all Christian belief, the truth that shapes and beautifies all others. The Trinity is the cockpit of all Christian thinking.”Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith by Michael Reeves