Here I spoke about trinitarian marriages.
Here I spoke about trinitarian families.
Here I spoke about trinitarian churches.
In each case it's about differently aged/gendered/gifted people taking on different roles but united in love and common purpose. I spoke about the heresies of arianism, modalism and tritheism which they could fall into.
But I'm just aware that these models of how community should be are Law. Law is holy, righteous and good. Law describes the good life - the life of the truly Righteous One. But there is no power in Law to be able to effect what it describes.
We can day-dream about a truly Athanasian marriage/family/congregation. And we can bemoan a Sabellian one. But we can't create one by simply defining the Original, despising the counterfeits and trying harder.
Which is why, when the Scriptures describe trinitarian community, they centre on something that I, in my descriptions, left out. Christ's cross.
So think of Romans 14 and 15 - a wonderful passage on crunchy community - unity with distinctions upheld by gracious deference to the other. But at the heart of it all is the cross (14:9,15; 15:3,7) which creates such community.
Or think of 1 Corinthians 11-14. We begin with Father-Son unity (11:3); we continue with the expression of this unity in marriage (11:3ff); we see it play out in the body (12 and 14) and in chapter 13 we see it all held together by love. That's fantastic. But what have I missed out? The Lord's Supper - 11:20-34. This community is not created by trying hard to imitate the trinity. It is created by the cross as experienced in the sacrament. The one loaf creates the one body - a body in which the weak and despised are received and knit together.
So anyway, just a thought that brings me back to some earlier posts:
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think you can become a triune community by trying to be a triune community. Or can you?
Right now I'm thinking that a community created by and centred on the cross will be a triune community. Descriptions of true triune community can diagnose problems in our communities. But they can't solve them.
Which means maybe I should just put away my fancy diagrams and preach Christ and Him crucified.
What do you think?