James 1:17 – Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

I often remember what Jonathan Edwards said about the Heavenly Father, “God is a fountain and a fountain has a tendency to overflow”. The Father is the source or fountainhead of all things. He is the fountainhead of the Trinity. We have to be cautious in our explanation of the Trinity because the three persons are equal and eternal. Jesus is the Father’s understanding of Himself. The Holy Spirit is the love expressed between the Father and the Son. Because of the eternal nature of the Godhead, all three have always existed. Jesus has always been the word of the Father and the Holy Spirit has always been the love shared between the Father and the Son. Here is how Jonathan Edwards describes the honor of the Trinity.

“The Father’s honor is that he is as it were the author of perfect and infinite wisdom. The Son’s honor is that he is that perfect and divine wisdom itself, the excellency of which is that from whence arises the honor of being the author or generator of it. The honor of the Father and the Son is that they are infinitely excellent, or that from them infinite excellency proceeds. But the honor of the Holy Ghost is equal, for he is that divine excellency and beauty itself. ’Tis the honor of the Father and the Son that they are infinitely holy and are the fountain of holiness; but the honor of the Holy Ghost is that he is that holiness itself. The honor of the Father and the Son is, they are infinitely happy and are the original and fountain of happiness; and the honor of the Holy Ghost is equal, for he is infinite happiness and joy itself.”

The Father expresses the love and the authority of God. All of us long for family, that’s the way we were created. The Father is the very foundation that all life and civilization flow from and is sustained by. Jesus is the expression or display of the Father. The Holy Spirit gives us a taste of the Father’s love. The Father loves us. He loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but shall have eternal life.

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