There’s a historic triumvirate that exhibit God’s character and characterize the best of human society. The members of this triumvirate cannot exist without the others, and individually draw out the best of the other two. They’ve been called the Transcendentals, the Bohemian trinity, the ‘eternal verities’ and you know them as truth, goodness and beauty. Whenever we encounter one of these three, we know we’ve come into contact with something ‘other’, something wonderful and powerful. At some point I’d like to explore the inter-relationship of these gifts to humanity, but for now it’ll have to be enough to direct our focus to their impact on our world.
The eternal verities’ ultimate objective and aim, their telos, is to bring life. Few souls have ever been adverse, or allergic, to life. In the same way we welcome the sun breaking over the horizon after a long dark night, we embrace the life that truth, goodness and beauty offer. We’ve all been damaged – we’re born into a damaged world. However, only souls that have been damaged deeply work to bring that same death-dealing damage to our world. Have you heard the phrase ‘bent out of shape’? This phrase implies there was a shape in mind prior to it being misshapen or lost. You and I were created to celebrate and promote life – and everything that does the same. When we do, we act in line with our original, intended design. This is the genesis of a life that is beautiful, truthful and good.
Let’s go back to the beach.. (who would say no to that!) It was there I experienced a beauty (which I didn’t create) in the stillness (that I chose), and through their combined impact I encountered goodness and ultimately, Truth. There was little I did to bring about any change in me, but in that experience I was marked, reshaped, for the purposes God has in mind. I only brought myself to the stillness, the quiet, which He then used to meet with me, moving my heart and mind. My choice was whether to surrender to the clarity and act on the opportunity afforded me. Our Creator has a ultimate design, a purpose, to all He creates. We are no different. Jesus Christ has demonstrated the Father’s heart for His people and His world with stark clarity. Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10, NIV). What is life “to the full”? It’s what the Scriptures call ‘Shalom’ in Hebrew. Listen to this:
“‘Shalom’ is taken from the root word shalam, which means, “to be safe
in mind, body, or estate.” It speaks of completeness, fullness, or a type
of wholeness that encourages you to give back — to generously re-pay something in some way. True biblical shalom refers to an inward sense
of completeness or wholeness.. In the biblical Hebrew understanding of
shalom, there is a point at which you have so much shalom that it spills
out from you, and is repaid or rendered to others.” 1
In short, it’s life as Our Father intended it to be, and it begins with a whole-hearted connection with Him, through His Son, Jesus. First by believing Jesus is who He said He is – God’s Son – then, by believing He did what He said He did – He re-established relationship with Our Father by making eternal forgiveness possible.
Read Pt. 1 Here
Read Pt. 3 Here