Archive for May 2021

The one who loves us

Through Jesus, God opens his own loving heart to us. He also pours his love into our hearts by his Spirit. Now we know for sure that we are deeply loved. Being loved by God we can, as it were, look into His heart. As we do so, we are aware that we only gaze into the loving heart of God through Jesus and by his Spirit. For God has opened his heart to us only in Jesus.

As we look into this loving heart, we see that God’s love for us moves in fullness towards us from the fountain of love that God is within himself. So we know for sure, that God is love in himself before his loving us, and without being forced to love us. Truly, we cannot say anything higher or better of the inner life of God than this: God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as a communion of self-giving love.

We say all this only in the light of the outward expression of his love in Jesus. This love is demonstrated in all of Jesus’ encounters with others as the man for others. And ultimately in the cross where God demonstrates his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. God has no need to love us, and we have no claim upon His love. Nevertheless, he is simply the one who loves us.

Overflowing Fullness

Jesus relationship with his Father in the Spirit opens to us the God who is a fullness of joyful love. We see that God is not a still and static essence. He is rather a dynamic communion of joyful love and life. Gazing at this triune love, we see that without us and without the world God would not experience any lack of love within himself.

However, the love that God is within himself overflows towards us with dynamism and delight and desire. And the love overflows towards us seeking fellowship with us. God does not have to move towards us in this way. There is nothing lacking in God that means he really must add to his own communion. No! The circle of Triune love is a FULNESS of shared life. So God doesn’t have to move towards us seeking fellowship with us in order to be fulfilled. On the contrary, rather than lacking anything, the fellowship of Father and Son in the Spirit is so full that it simply overflows seeking to include us within the fellowship.

Dynamic, and relational movement belongs to the very being of the God who is love. He is an infinite fountain of self-giving love that moves towards us from the inner depths of who the Triune God is. And his desire is always to take us up into the inner relations of God’s own life and love. In union with Jesus by the Spirit we are gathered up to dwell with God and in God. In this, we do not become divine, but rather more authentically human in union with Jesus, the true human.