God is Trinity in Blessing and Judgement
Upon reading Genesis 18, we see a stark juxtaposition of blessing and curse. Beginning with Abraham hanging out inside his tent, trying to stay cool, he sees three travelers. The Bible tells us that this is the Lord God. Orthodox Christianity holds that these three travelers were, in fact, the three, distinct persons of the Triune God: the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. The Lord came to Abraham to share some exciting news: he and his wife, Sarah, were going to have a baby within the next year. Eavesdropping from their tent, Sarah couldn’t believe it–they were both well advanced in age. There in that moment, God reminded them that nothing is too hard for Him.
On the other hand, the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were full of wickedness. God’s plan was to curse and destroy them because of their absolute, unrepentant depravity. Abraham tries to intercede for the people of those cities, and through his bargaining he comes to the realization that there were no righteous people, none that sought after God, none that wanted His presence—with the exception of Abraham’s nephew, Lot. Mercifully, God saved Lot from the destruction, but the cities were toast, or more aptly, toasted.
So, why does this story matter? The reality is that people are either on the side of being blessed or cursed. And we have a loving God who is sending us, His church, out into the world just as He came to Abraham bearing good news. We’re called to intercede for the people of our city and our communities. You see my friends, if you are in Christ, you have been blessed beyond measure. You are eternally loved by the Triune God who is love (1 John 4:8). Realize that God has forgiven you all your sins through Jesus (Rom. 8:1; Eph. 1:7), empowered you to live a life that loves and honors Him through the Spirit (Gal. 5:16-25), and allowed you to partake in the glorious mission of spreading that love to the world (2 Cor. 5:19-21).
So, what’s holding you back? We’ve been given the greatest gift in the universe. God’s chosen YOU because He loves you. By this grace, let’s live a life with the goal of sharing that joy and love with everyone we encounter. It starts today. Now. Go love your spouse, your kids, neighbors, co-workers well today. And love them not out of guilty obligation but out of the joy that comes from knowing that the Triune God loves YOU.