The Triune Universe
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.” (Colossians 1:16)
The “things” God made are nothing more or less than our universe. That created reality is the only valid illustration of the triunity that expresses the nature of our Creator. Space is both invisible and at the same time the matrix in which all of our reality exists. “No man hath seen God at any time” (1 John 4:12). “For in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
Matter is the visible and tangible revelation of the existence of space. We “see” space by means of the visible phenomena of energy arranged in molecular structures that are functioning, predictably, over time as matter that we can see, feel, and use. God the Son is the Word (John 1:14) who makes it possible for us to “see” God.
The Holy Spirit is the “time” of the triune Godhead. It is He who brings about a relationship with God. It is the Holy Spirit who actually executes the creation of the new birth (1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17;Ephesians 4:24). The Holy Spirit is the One who imparts the spiritual gifts of God to the believers (1 Corinthians 12:8). And just like time, all we ever “see” or “sense” about the Holy Spirit is the result of what has been done.
The physical universe is, in a very real sense, a trinity of trinities. In fact, tri-unity in various ways is often seen in the creation. Although no man could ever model the Godhead, God has “clearly” done this in His creation (Romans 1:20). HMM III
From the Institute for Creation Research