God Making Himself Known

God the Father wants to draw near and be known. And through his Son, he actually came among us making himself known. “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 NRSV). Through Jesus, we see God as Father and Son relating to each other.  We only know the Son as Son relating to his Father.  We only know the Father as Father relating to his Son. We know God this way because the Son has revealed it all to us.

Jesus knows who the Father is from within the very life of God. That means the Son knows the Father more intimately and deeply than anyone can ever know the Father. However, Jesus comes to us personally by the Spirit opening to us the Triune communal life. He opens up God’s shared life in such a way that we are taken inside the inner relations. We don’t stand at a distance looking at the son’s relationship with the Father in the Spirit; we actually participate in his relationship with the Father in the same Spirit. The Spirit engrafts us into union with the Son so that all that is his becomes ours, including his relationship with the Father in union with him.

Yes, the Triune God has so opened his inner life to us that we can actually share in his own circle of knowing. In union with his Son and by his Spirit, he brings us into his own knowing of himself within the circle of love that he is.

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