Archive for January 2018

Reflecting as Trinitarian shaped community

As we speak about the Triune God we use human words to express who this God is within himself.  But we are trying to express the inexpressible.  So, in all our attempts to know the Triune God, we must accept that what we most know is that we do  not know the one who surpasses our knowledge.  Nevertheless, we can know the Triune One because he has revealed himself to us in his Son and Spirit.

We are now called to reflect on his revelation to know something of who he is within himself. But we always make sure that we stay focussed only on Jesus.  He is the saving love of the Triune God invading our world in dramatic action.  So we always remain focussed on Jesus as the communication of God himself.  In him we see the dynamic movement of God’s redeeming love as Father, Son and Spirit move together as One towards their redeeming goal.

We delight in this saving love together as we worship the Father, through the Son and in the Spirit. And all our devotion wells up from the living water of the Spirit in love for Abba in union with the Son. In this spirit of love and devotion, we attempt to shape a Trinitarian understanding of God and we are shaped by the Triune one as we do so. More and more we became a Trinitarian shaped community.  And in community we press forward together with a reverent and humble mind as we seek insight into the personal relations of God within himself and towards us.

 

Who he is and What he does

 Jesus is God’s unique Son.  He is, therefore, the act of God to and for humans as human. So we must be careful not to separate who Jesus is from what he does for us. For what Jesus does for us is one and the same with who he is as God’s Son.  With T. F. Torrance we hold together the person of Christ in his work and the work of Christ in his person.

God acted to create all things, but in that action he created a reality wholly distinct from himself. But in Jesus, God acts in such a way that he is himself in his act.  What he acts he is, and what he is he acts.

In his work of revealing he is himself what he does.  Only God can truly reveal God.  And Jesus is himself God’s self-revelation. Jesus speaks the truth; he does the truth; he enacts the truth ; he is the truth.  And the Spirit of truth opens up to us the heart of the true God towards us through Jesus, the truth.

In his work of reconciling he is in himself what he does.  He is God reconciling the world to himself as the one who is the reconciliation.  Reconciliation isn’t something that Jesus achieves it is someone.  He is the one in whom God and humanity are reconciled and the Spirit brings us into union with him so that we share in the reconciliation as dearly loved children.

 

One with Father and us

The Father’s unique Son became fully human. He did so to live in total solidarity with his fellow humans.  He is God and yet he identifies totally with us even in our sin.  He submitted to a baptism among sinners at the Jordan and finally to a baptism in blood on the cross even becoming sin for us. Between these two points he continually identified with sinful humans.  This was no easy thing.  It threw in him into an intensity of battle within his own soul reaching its culmination in the agony of Gethsemane.  And yet, throughout it all he was tranquil resting trustfully in his Father.

Just as Jesus lived in total oneness with us he lived in total oneness with God his Father. As he said himself, “I am in the Father and the Father is in me…I and the Father are one” This oneness meant he entered more and more intensely into the hostility of humanity against the true God.  For he was living out, in the midst of humanity, his own oneness with the God that humanity rejects. And yet he did so in total solidarity with the hostile humans. This too was no easy thing.  It threw in him into an intensity of battle within his own soul reaching its culmination in the agony of Gethsemane.  And yet, in Gethsemane, he came to rest trustfully in the will of his Father.  In union with his Father he wants to be one with humanity in sin and suffering in order to gather men and women into the heart of God.