THE FIRST THREE DAYS ~ THE HOLY TRINITY

Have you ever considered that the first three days of Creation are an illustrative metaphor for the Holy Trinity of God? Light, sky and land/seas represent the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, respectively.

First Day—the Father:  It is fitting that He who is first among equals within the Trinity is symbolically represented in the first day’s creation of “light” (Genesis 1.3). Father God’s first creative act was the earthly manifestation of his divine nature—for God is light (1 John 1.5). In eternity past, Father God communed with his begotten Son and Spirit (John 17.5). Creation is the manner in which the Father inwardly resolved to make himself known beyond the Son and Spirit, and he did so because of his abundant love for the Son and his desire to share that love with us (John 17.25—26), for at the core of Father God’s nature is love (1 John 4.8). First and for all eternity, the Father loves his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ (John 17.24); and then, at the dawn of time, this fountain of love brimmed over into Creation, particularly, into those who choose to become adopted sons through belief in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1.5).

In addition to God’s loving nature, however, is his light. Light signifies God’s presence and favor (Psalm 27.1; Isaiah 9.2). Indeed, his countenance is light (Psalm 4.6) and the unapproachable light in which he lives offers us insight into his holiness (1 Timothy 6.16). Moreover, it is God himself who makes “his light shine in our hearts” (2 Corinthians 4.6). It is the very nature of the Father to shine out his loving light. He does this in and through the nature of the Son who shines out from his Father, for the Son “is the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1.15), sublimely showing us what the Father is like in “the radiance of God’s glory” (Hebrews 1.3).

So, while it is true the “light of the gospel” is indeed found in Christ, this light originates with the Father. Thus, the Apostle John proclaimed with the authority that comes from first-hand knowledge: “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1.5). In short, the Father of all light is himself light (James 1.17), for light, as well as love, is God’s nature.

The light of the first day of Creation points to Father God and his loving light—light that he wants to share with us in and through Creation and Christ.

Second Day—the Son: On the second day of Creation, God made the “sky”—the expanse that “separated the water under the expanse from the water above it” (Genesis 1.7). In other words, the sky is that which exists between the things of this earth and those which are in heaven (cf. Psalm 19.1; 148.4). Traditionally, the sky is thought to be everything that lies a certain distance above the surface of the earth, including both the earth’s atmosphere and what is commonly referred to as outer space or the heavens. The sky, therefore, exists in the earthly realm by way of its atmosphere from which the rains fall (Psalm 147.8) and in the heavenly realms represented by the vast space where stars and planets make their home (Genesis 1.14—17). In this way, the sky bridges the gap between earth and heaven, reconciling the two distinct realms.

By analogy, Jesus also exists within and reconciles these two realms. He is fully man of earth and fully God of heaven—manhood and the Godhead—the union of two distinct natures in the one person of Christ. Jesus’ humanity is manifest in the fact that he was born a baby and had a human mother (Luke 2.7; Galatians 4.4); and that he became weary (John 4.6), thirsty (John 19.28), and hungry (Matthew 4.2) like the rest of us do. And yet the Bible clearly teaches that Jesus is also fully God. He was not a lot like God or someone very close to God, but “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1.15), “being in very nature God” (Philippians 2.6) in whom “God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell” (Colossians 1.19). Fully man and fully God.

We can deduce that Jesus has always been God, for God is eternal, but only 2,000 years ago he became a man and walked this earth. Why? Because we humans have flesh and blood, he chose to share in our humanity and suffer temptation and death “in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God” making atonement for our sins as our Savior (Hebrews 2.17). That is to say, he wanted us to trust that he understood our temptations and empathized with our suffering. He also had to live a sinless human life in order to become the perfect and final sacrifice for our sins. Moreover, since Christ was raised from death and ascended into heaven, he lives at the right hand of God interceding on behalf of all believers, reconciling those of us from earth to the love of Father God in heaven (Romans 8.34; Hebrews 7.25).

The sky of the second day of Creation points to the Son who is both man and God, bridging the gap between believers from earth and Father God in heaven.

Third Day—the Holy Spirit: On day three of Creation, God separated the waters of the earth in order to create “land” and “seas”. The creative purpose of land is to produce seed-bearing plants and trees that bear fruit of various kinds which are pleasing to the eye and provide for the bodily nourishment of man (Genesis 2.9). The land also produces all living creatures and livestock of various kinds that walk this earth also providing for the physical nourishment and needs of mankind (Genesis 1.24—25). The seas further baptize man with the blessings of nourishment. Broadly speaking, the land and seas represent the entire surface of the earth and all its natural resources which, again, continually feed the material needs of man.

Metaphorically, the land and seas paint an accurate picture of the Holy Spirit of God. The seas provide the waters of baptism where our faith is first proclaimed and our spiritual journey begins. The land of Canaan that was promised prior to Christ becomes the Holy Spirit that was promised after Christ (John 14.26). Moreover, the Holy Spirit is given to believers to provide for their ongoing spiritual nourishment and needs (John 14.17, 26; 16.13—15). And, as with land and the fruit it bears, there is a proportional relationship between how much time we spend getting to know Him and how much He will grow in us and bear fruit through us.

The land and seas of the third day of Creation point to the Holy Spirit who provides all believers with the recurring spiritual nourishment of truth and understanding necessary for true life in Christ.

Conclusion. God is Creator and it should come as no surprise that we can see him in what was created by him. In this Creation “trifecta” of light, sky and land/seas, we can see the three persons of the Holy Trinity of God. Praise God Almighty in his Creation!

© 2014 by Patrick Lloyd—the WORD runs deep publishing  (TWRD Short # 019)