Archive for December 2018

Light into our darkness

Jesus did not simply act for God in the world he acted as God.  He is the very action of God himself in our world.  So, to know what God is like we fix our eyes on Jesus as God’s action in the world.

 But is this where we usually begin when considering who God is.  I think too many of us begin with abstract ideas about the divine being.  God is infinite, eternal, unchanging and so on.  He is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient.  We think this is the real “stuff” of divinity.

But is this the way God has made himself known?  John tells us, “No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known” (John. 1.18). Who is the one true God?  What is the “divine nature”?  We do not discover the answer to these questions from our own notions of supreme, absolute, non-worldly, perfect being. We only know what God is like through Jesus’ human actions as God. From what he has done and suffered as human. For Jesus is God as human, among humans and for humans.

The same Jesus who came into the world comes to us by the Spirit.  He encounters us personally as the Living Lord who always surpasses our knowing.  And so we don’t decide what God is like out of our own darkness.  Rather, “God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ” (2 Cor. 4.6).

 

 

Fellowship Seeking God

Before the world was made Father and Son were with one another face to face.  In the bond of the Spirit, the Son delights in the Father and the Father delights in the Son.  Father and Son enjoying the closest fellowship in the Spirit.  And this relational God seeks fellowship with us.  He does so out of the overflow of fellowship within himself.  He does not need fellowship with us.  He already possesses the fullness of joyful communion within himself. But the love of Father and Son in the Spirit overflows towards us seeking fellowship with us as sheer gift.

The Father’s Son came among us making God known as the fellowship seeking God.  So we cannot describe the Being of God in any other way than simply the one who loves freely out of fellowship and for fellowship.  When I say that God loves freely I simply mean that His love moves entirely from himself as love.  He is the living God who is what He is in dynamic action.  He is the loving God who is what he is in the free expression of his love moving from himself alone. God “is” the one who loves freely.  That’s what we see in Jesus, the one who makes God known.

Now the Spirit joins us to Christ so that we share his fellowship with the Father. And within this fellowship of love and joy we see that it is all free gift.  The Father seeking fellowship and creating fellowship in his Son and Spirit.