GOD IS LOVE - REALLY
God is love, meaning that God is Relationship. Relationship rather than being an ‘it’ or an abstraction is God as trinity. Such a God is what it means to be alive, personal and communal. Thus as the representative of the trinity Jesus is light and life and the living expression of who God is as well as the Door to our communion with God’s Communion.
God is trinity. God is relationship which is why God is love. God is love as a result of the kind of relationship that is the trinity. What quality does this relationship have.
Baxter Kruger writes, “The doctrine of the Trinity means that relationship, that fellowship, that togetherness and sharing, that self-giving and other-centeredness are not afterthoughts with God, but the deepest truth about the being of God. The Father is not consumed with Himself; He loves the Son and the Spirit. And the Son is not riddled with narcissism; he loves his Father and the Spirit. And the Spirit is not preoccupied with himself and his own glory; the Spirit loves the Father and the Son. Giving, not taking; other-centeredness, not self-centeredness; sharing, not hoarding are what fire the rockets of God and lie at the very center of Gods existence as Father, Son and Spirit.”
ONENESS AND LIFE
The essence of the trinity is perichoresis – oneness with each other and yet living as the full expression of the self.
It is this oneness that we have been drawn into and this oneness who lives in us. The notion that it is the law that is descriptive of God’s nature is a diversion. It’s one of the lies that multiply out of the knowledge of good and evil. The trinity is the truth of God’s being and the truth of our lives as sons is realised as we say yes to the oneness we have been gifted in God’s Oneness.
HOLINESS NOT A MIRAGE
The command to ‘be holy as God is holy’ can never be achieved by our adoption of pieties. Holiness has become a reality in all who agree with Jesus that we have been made one with God. We share in the life of the trinity, in this oneness when we agree that Christ has come in our flesh.
“Through sharing equally in the one living Being of God, in an essentially spiritual and onto-relational way, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit form and constitute together in their distinctive properties in relation to one another the natural Communion (ἡ κατὰ ϕύσιν κοινωνία) and indivisible Unity of the Holy Trinity. And so St Basil emphatically declared, ‘Their oneness consists in the Communion of the Godhead’ This is precisely what ‘One Being, Three Persons’ advocated by the Post-Nicene Fathers intends, and indeed succinctly expresses in a way that excludes any unipersonal view of God or any tri-theistic conception of the Holy Trinity.” (1) It is this kind of oneness into which we have been drawn and the kind of oneness that heals our persons and our communities.
ONENESS AND UNIQUNESS
‘That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me’ John 17.21 KJV.
Torrance’s observation is more than a statement on the trinity. It reveals to us that this triune God has reached out to us in Jesus and drawn us into Himself in a way that has made us part of God.
‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20.
(1)Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (pp. 126-127). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.