Previously, I shared about the beautiful human quilt God is creating. (see post for January 29) As I continued to mediate upon the craft of quilting, another possible spiritual quilt came to mind. Last week, I described God as the Master Quilter. This week, I envision God being the quilt. How about a Trinity quilt?
Like most quilts, I visualize the Trinity quilt having three layers. One layer is God the Father. Another layer is God the Son. The third layer is God the Holy Spirit. I think of the hymn Holy, Holy Holy by Reginald Heber. The last line of the first verse declares, “God in three persons, blessed Trinity.”
Genesis 1:26 is the first scripture that reveals there could be such a thing as a Trinity quilt. “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness.’” The pronoun “us” reveals the triune nature of God. Then, in His image, He created mankind with a spirit, soul and body.
Matthew 10:16-17 says, “After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and He saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.’” God the Father reveals Jesus as His Son and the Holy Spirit descends upon Jesus. The perfect picture of a Trinity quilt!
Let’s take time to examine in depth each layer of our quilt.
Here are a few verses that highlight God as Father.
One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the
Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name,
(Jesus’ words when teaching the disciples how to pray.)
We move on to a few verses denoting Jesus as the Son of God.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son
also to have life in Himself.
And I will do whatever you ask in My name,
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
(Jesus’ role as God’s Son.)
He (Jesus) is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
The Holy Spirit is described in the following verses.
And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter,
that He may abide with you for ever.
John 14:16 KJV
(Words spoken by Jesus)
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name,
will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I (Jesus) have said to you.
He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Titus 3:6 NLT
More scriptures help develop a symbolic Trinity quilt. The following reveal a few possible quilt qualities.
Psalm 91:4 says, “He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” In earlier days, feathers were often used as the batting to add warmth to a quilt.
In Exodus 12, we read about the Israelites placing the blood of a lamb on the door frames of their homes so the death angel would pass over their dwellings. Hebrews 9 tells how much more powerful is the blood of Jesus Christ. Today, we can plead of blood of Jesus over our lives. We can be covered by the blood of Jesus just as we can be covered by a quilt. In both instances, we receive protection.
In John 14 and 16, various translations use different words to describe the Holy Spirit. The Old King James Version refers to the Holy Spirit as the Comforter. A comforter is another term for a quilt.
I particularly like Jesus’ words in John 15:26 as a description of the Trinity quilt. “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, He will testify about Me.”
We are still in the middle of winter. Cuddling under a cozy quilt is very inviting. However, no matter what the weather, we can abide under the warmth and protection of the Trinity quilt. Scripture encourages us to do so.
I believe I Peter 1:2 offers us this unique quilt. “Who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.”
II Corinthians 13:14 invites us to curl up under the quilt of the Trinity by saying, “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
However, we are to do more than huddle under this quilt. Matthew 28:19 encourages us to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
When we nestle under the Trinity quilt, something special happens. Spiritually, we become one with God. Beth Moore describes it by saying, “when the will of the Father and the will of the child converge as one, the cloudy pillar of God’s glory settles on her shoulders like a down comforter.”
May you be enfolded in the Trinity quilt!