I have recently found myself pondering the Trinity. For instance, what is the difference between a personal relationship with Christ, and walking in the Holy Spirit?
Through prayer, I have come to see that a personal relationship with Christ is one that is formed through prayer and meditation. It is in studying the Bible, especially the Gospels, that we learn who Jesus is, and thus come to know him.
Walking in the Spirit is the fruit of one’s relationship with Christ. As we are shaped into the image of Christ through prayer, the Holy Spirit helps us to live more like Jesus. He is there to guide us, to teach us what is written in our hearts, and to show us how to live a life in the Garden of Eden, despite sin in the world; to live in God’s Kingdom in the here and now.
Of course, from a theological perspective, knowing one is in a sense knowing all three persons; however, I think God gave us the three persons so that we have more ways of approaching him. It is in opening oneself to knowing the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that we have a fuller understanding of God.
Spend some time today pondering your own faith walk. Are you cultivating relationships with all three persons? You have a Father who loves you, and wants to be called Abba. You have a brother, who wishes to illuminate your life with knowledge of the Father through the things revealed to us by his life. You have a Holy Spirit who longs for you to walk with him so that he can help you live a more fulfilled and fruitful life. Spend some time each day cultivating your relationship with one God in three persons.