What I was ignorant about was a complete and thorough understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity. Here are the questions that we discussed in the Children’s Catechism class (4 year olds through 3rd grade):
In how many persons does this one God exist?
What are they?
The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Two simple questions, two short answers. A lot of acknowledged ignorance.
We read many passages that demonstrate the Biblical foundation of the Trinity, particularly those that show the three persons interacting, and the work of each in salvation (see photo of visuals), and we tried to provide word pictures for the children to get close to a grasp of this mystery – none of them adequate. And, in the end, we had to admit defeat.
And I think that’s a good thing. Because the mystery of the Trinity serves to maintain the distinction between God – Creator, and us -- NOT God, wholly creature. He is different and He is mysterious and cannot be grasped by our finite, created minds. With that, it’s also a good thing for these children to see that we adults are sometimes – for my part, most of the time – baffled by God, but that it doesn’t stop us from desiring to understand Him as much as His special revelation of Himself (the Bible) allows us to.
So our lesson this week was as much about what we don’t know and can’t know as it was about the doctrine behind these two questions of the Children’s Catechism. And for you parents, maybe now is a good time to start a conversation with your kids about what you don’t know either.