The Economy of the Trinity

A few miles north of Wimberley, Texas, is a beautiful spring from the underground Trinity Aquifer called Jacob’s Well. Thousands of years ago Native Americans drank from it. When European settlers arrived, they named it Jacob’s well after the remarkable similarities to the Biblical well in John 4. Perhaps its ebullient waters reminded them of “water gushing up into eternal life” (John 4:14).  To this day tourists seek its clear waters for swimming and even diving. Jacob’s well is actually the mouth of Texas’ largest underwater cave. Divers have explored the cave over one hundred feet down and one mile in length. Its waters spring up at the mouth of the cave in one of the few artesian wells of the Trinity Aquifer.

If you go to Jacob’s Well you’ll see from the ripples on the surface of the water that there is a constant flow upwards. Water that has been underground for hundreds of years, seeping slowly through the Glen Rose and Travis Peak limestone formations some 1000 feet underground, is now reaching the surface. While it’s been down there the limestone aquifer has even filtered the water of impurities. The aquifer can do this because it’s actually very porous – like a giant underground rock sponge. By passing through the tiny holes in the porous rock the water loses its sediment and debris. What comes up is so clear it almost seems drinkable.

But we don’t drink water from Jacob’s Well anymore. Modern technology has made that unnecessary. Instead, let me describe a very likely scenario. Just a few miles away, a farmer drills a well into the same water source that feeds Jacob’s Well. He does not rely on an Artesian well to get his water; he pumps it from the aquifer directly into his home and his cattle troughs. He appropriates the water and uses it for his household. In other words, he becomes a steward of the water. In order to do this lawfully he will need to register his well with the local authority because there is an economy of water distribution.

The economy of the Trinity Aquifer water is an administrative arrangement made by the Texas Water Development Board to oversee the dispensing of the water in the aquifer to the people of Hays and nearby counties. Both private wells and public water facilities are governed by this arrangement so as to ensure everyone gets to drink water and stay healthy.

The Trinity Fulfills the Namesake

The economy of the Trinity Aquifer is strikingly similar to another Trinity’s economy in two ways.

First, the economy of the Divine Trinity is an administrative arrangement made by God the Father, carried out in His Son, and applied by the Spirit to dispense His being into His chosen people. His economy is that His people “drink” the living water to receive and live out eternal life (1 Tim. 1:4, Eph. 1:9, John 4:14)

God, who created the universe such that  it would display his divine characteristics (Rom. 1:20), chose to portray Himself as water so we could grasp our daily need for Him and His incredible availability to us. To drink of God as the living water is an innate human need and can be sensed just as thirst can. Just as available as water, God can be received by anyone. I would encourage you, if you haven’t drunk of God today, to read the section in the Gospel of John about Jacob’s well (John 4:1-42). Then in your reading pray to receive the words in spirit. In this way you’ll drink the living water that gushes up unto eternal life.

Second, God’s economy relies on those who would be stewards of His resources, those whom Paul calls ” stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Corinthians 4:1). In order for God to dispense Himself into His people, He needs those who would come to Him, dig a well, and draw living water from Him to have the supply to share with those under their care. Then God’s people will be watered, and God’s kingdom on earth will be sustained (Psalm 72:6).

5 thoughts on “The Economy of the Trinity

  1. Great analogy. Especially liked this sentence: “To drink of God as the living water is an innate human need and can be sensed just as thirst can. Just as available as water, God can be received by anyone.” Why is drinking God such a foreign thought to a lot of people? 1 Cor 13:12 couldn’t be anymore explicit. Have you ever heard of Kangen water? I’ve always thought that company is a great example of producing “stewards”. Anyone who purchases the product becomes a registered distributor.

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