Foundations of Sexuality (Part 3): Men and Women Mirror the Trinity

Posted on 05/22/2014 by



So far, in our pursuit at looking at the biblical foundations of sexuality we have looked at the foundations that men and women were created with equal dignity and with distinctly different roles. Today, we will explore the foundation that men and women were created to mirror the Trinity.

Once again, I want to state that most of this material will be coming from a Secret Church on Family, Marriage, Sex, and the Gospel by David Platt from 2011. I highly recommend that if you want to know more about this topic that you visit where video streams and other materials are available for download. Additionally, I have found most of David Platt’s work to be extremely grounded on the Word and without a lot of fluff.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” –Genesis 1:26

To accept the idea that men and women were created in the model of the trinity we must first accept that we are made in God’s image. The Trinity can aid us in understanding both of our previous foundations that we were made with equal dignity and with different roles. The Bible is clear that there is one God but in three forms: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. If we look at God within the Trinity we cannot deny that each is equally divine. Each is equally important and equally worthy.

We also cannot look at the persons of the Trinity without acknowledging that each one is different and each with an individual role. If we do not accept this then we cannot accept the idea of the Trinity. So, to accept the Trinity we must accept that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit have different roles and different authority.

The Father has Authority Over the Son

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.” –John 4:34

Throughout the New Testament, we see time and again examples of Jesus being a servant of God the Father. David Platt goes on to say, “The Father has authority over the Son, and the Son is subject to the Father…always, the Son sits at the Father’s right hand. The Father never sits at the Son’s right hand. In 1 Corinthians 11:3, we can see this idea directly reflected showing relationship as a model of man and woman’s position.

But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. –1 Corinthians 11:3

This verse clearly teaches the idea that there is a headship and submission in God.

So, since today’s culture is intent on destroying any positive possibilities related to any ideas of authority or submission, how can we accept this concept? David Platt explains that, “Authority in the Father; submission in the Son. The Father and the Son are neither inferior nor superior. The Father and the Son are neither domineering nor denigrated. Together as one, loving and leading. This is loving authority in the Trinity, loving authority and glad submission in the context of beautiful relationship.”

So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.” –John 5:19-23

When we look at John 5 we see that God’s original design is good and His design is perfect. It is clear that the Son is God but subject to the Father who is God. Jesus’ submission to the Father is good and lovely. One writer describes it this way, “We can say, then, that a relationship of authority and submission between equals with mutual giving of honor is the most fundamental and glorious interpersonal relationship in the whole universe. Such a relationship allows interpersonal differences without better or worse, without more important and less important. And when we begin to dislike the very idea of authority and submission, not distortions and abuses, but the very idea, we are tampering with something very deep. We are beginning to dislike God himself.”

We have now looked at some foundations of sexuality from a Biblical perspective. When I continue this look we will look at some conclusions that we can make about how these foundations impact us.