Archive for January 2013

What the Triune God Wants

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What does The Triune God want most of all?  What does He most want for us and with us?  Jesus shows us that the Triune God wants fellowship with us.  He wants to be with us; He wants us to be with him.  He wants us to belong to him: He wants to belong to us.  Furthermore, he has done everything in his Son and Spirit to bring us into fellowship within his circle of love.

Is this really what God wants for us and with us?

Maybe all this doesn’t feel true.  Or maybe it feels too good to be true?

Why might this be so?

What must you now do to actually live in this beautiful reality?

Father, we thank you that our fellowship is with you and with your Son, Jesus Christ.  We know that in this fellowship our joy is complete.  Enable us, by your Spirit, to be at home within this communion of love.

 

Overflowing Love

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When we say “God is love” we must be careful not to project our own image of human love onto God.  In Jesus, God has projected his own image of the love that he is.

When we look at Jesus we see that God is love within his own community of love as Father, Son and Spirit.  In Jesus, we also see the love that God is as he moves towards us to include us within his own fellowship of love.  God loves us and wants fellowship with us.

The love that God is within himself overflows towards us with dynamism, delight and desire. And His love overflows towards us seeking fellowship with us.

  • In view of God’s overflowing love that we see in Jesus do you think it might just be possible for us to live loved-continually?
  • Attentive to God’s overflowing love for fellowship with you how do you now want to respond?
  • What is all this calling you to become?

Near God

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The Triune God of grace has done everything to be near us even though we did not want to be near him.

As you consider all that God has done do you sense any reticence in God to be near us?  Is he hesitant in any way?  Do you see any reluctance in God to draw near to us and to draw us near to him?

What is drawn out of you when you see God’s constant desire to be with us even though we did not want to be with him?

We who were distant from God are now brought near.  And near in a way we could never imagine.  We have access to the Father himself through the Son and in the Spirit.  And in that access we share in the Son’s own knowing of the Father as we cry Abba Father with the Son by the Spirit of God’s Son within.

Is it really true that we have access to the Father or that we would have access if only we tried harder?

Would you say there is now no distance at all between you and God?

What do you now want to say to your Father?

The Face of God

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Too many people live before a faceless deity.  This is the  remote and removed deity who has no face so show us.

Jesus is the Face of God.  In Jesus, God himself came into our own human flesh as one of us.  And as we look at him we see the Face of God.  We don’t paint the face of God onto the faceless deity out of our own darkness. The face of God himself has turned towards us in the human face of Jesus.

Have you ever lived before a faceless deity?

Thomas Torrance writes,

“When we look into the face of Jesus Christ and see there the very face of God, we know we have not seen and cannot see God anywhere else or in another way but in him, for he is God himself become human, and there is no God except the God who has come and meets us in Jesus”.

What stands out for you in those words?

God is not one thing in himself and another thing in Jesus. He has not shown us one face in Jesus but kept his real face hidden from us. How do you react to these words?

How would our life together in community be revolutionised if we came together only to gaze on the Face of God in Jesus?