The Trinity is a theology that has evolved over time, but it remains a subject we don’t understand, but somehow want to comprehend.
However in search for more clarity we are confronted with what it says in Psalm 77. Psalm 77 consists of 20 verses and from verse 10 each verse describes the greatness of God and how He helped His people Israel with miracles and mighty deeds. Then at the end, after finishing with reminding the readers how God helped His people through the Red Sea, the Psalmist wrote: ‘Yet Thy Footprints were not seen.’
So, from ancient time onwards, until this day and age, we have to live with the notion about God that: ‘Thy Footprints were not seen’. God is a hidden God, and as much as He was hidden for the Jews even so He is hidden for us today. With the notion of course that Jesus Christ has revealed God to us in as much God wanted to reveal Himself as The God Who saves. The God Who saves, but not only for the Jew, but for the whole world. God has taken the responsibility to save each and everyone, because He is the God Who saves, although His footprints are not seen.
The Bible reading on Trinity Sunday 2021 was from Romans 8:12-17 and it in Paul speaks about God as Abba, Father.
Before studying theology I always learnt, through sermons, how Abba meant something similar to daddy, like the loving father ready to give his beloved child a cuddle.
At the opening of the first academic year when begun to study theology, the Chancellor in his talk mentioned the word Abba. He spoke about the silly idea of calling God a daddy when people call Him Abba. The real meaning of Abba is more something like the One Who bears the authority and responsibility.
Later after I learned Hebrew I was able to delve deeper in the name of Abba and I discovered a deeper background to the understanding of Abba, Father.
In the Hebrew world of the Old Testament, we should not forget that they were living in a tribal culture wherein the father was the dominant factor of its social structure. But, not in the context of him being an isolated despot, but as it says: ‘the centre from which strength, and will, emanate through the whole of the sphere which belongs to him and to which he belongs'.
This means that for the Israelite the name of the Father always spells authority embedded in responsibility. For the Israelites, God as Father means He has to be viewed trustworthy, respected and obeyed.
When speaking about God as Abba we should not forget that this is the same God we call Creator God. God as Abba cannot be disconnect from God as Creator.
The Genesis story is not so much about whether God created the earth out of nothing, but that God is the sole Creator. In contrast to other ancient creation myths (like the Enumah Elis), the God in the Old Testament is self-existent and independent of the world.
Because God is the Sole Creator everything and everyone depends on Him as He has the absolute and ultimate authority over all that exists. God is set apart from all other idols and deities and He is unique and incomparable. And because of all this, God is called Abba. There is no other God, and therefore He is called the Abba. The unique God Who has authority and Who took the responsibility of offering salvation through the complete ministry of Jesus Christ
Whether God is 3 in 1, or 1 in 3, or male of female or woke or whatever is not the main issue to argue about. The real point is that God cares for us and that’s why is called Abba, Father. The only God Who acts for our defence and Who guides and supports us through all the heights and depths we might face in our lives.