Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Trinity... in Genesis??


Did you know that the truth of the Blessed Trinity is revealed in the Old Testament? You might answer "yes" to that question, but what if I told you that the truth of the Blessed Trinity - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit - is revealed in the first three verses of the first chapter of the Book of Genesis? Now you might be thinking "Oh really? Tell me more!"

This is something I never noticed until someone else pointed it out to me, and all credit is given to Dr. Scott Hahn who makes this mind-blowing observation. Let's read the first three verses of Genesis 1 first:

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters. And God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was light." - Genesis 1:1-3

Broken down, verse by verse:

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." - Genesis 1:1
--That one's pretty obvious; God the Father "creator of the heavens and the earth" (CCC, par. 239)

"The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters."  - Genesis 1:2
--"... and the Spirit of God" i.e. The Holy Spirit "... was moving over the face of the waters". This is a really cool one. The first thing that came to mind for me with this verse was John 3:5...

"Jesus answered, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.'" - John 3:5

Through Baptism we are made anew; the baptismal waters are the wellspring of holiness (CCC, par. 1218). It is the Holy Spirit that gives life to the unformed earthly void.

Furthermore, through Christ's own baptism in the River Jordan by St. John the Baptist, as Christ is revealed as the "beloved Son" (Matthew 3:16-17), the inheritance of the eternal life is revealed to us (CCC, par. 1224; ibid., par. 2009).

"And God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was light.'" - Genesis 1:3
--Light distinguishes from darkness; darkness is the absence of light. One could suggest that without Christ, the light, evil prevails. The light of Christ casts away the darkness of sin (CCC, par. 1691, 1695).

"And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God." - John 3:19-21

"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'" - John 8:12

Do you see how the dots are connected?

In summary:

Genesis 1:1 = God the Father
Genesis 1:2 = God the Holy Spirit
Genesis 1:3 = God the Son

Nifty. :)