Friday, November 09, 2018

Access to the Trinitarian Being of God

Sunrise over Lake Erie, Monroe

In John 17 Jesus prays for for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one,Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (John 17:21-22)

"May they be in us." This is trinitarian language. The door into the trinitarian being of God is open, not closed. 

This is our destiny and our present reality. Stephen Seamnds writes:

"Someday what Jesus prayed for and what we already know now in part will be known in full. At the consummation there will be, as John Wesley describes it, "a deep, an intimate, an uninterrupted union with God; a constant communion with the Father and his Son Jesus Christ, through the Spirit; a continual enjoyment of the Three-One God, and of all creatures in him." Such is God's desire for us, that we become, as the apostle Peter says, "participants of the divine nature." (2 Peter 1:4)." (Stephen Seamands, Ministry in the Image of God: The Trinitarian Shape of Christian Service, Kindle Locations 74-76)

We are invited to dwell and live our lives in him, now and forevermore, presently and eternally.

As I think of this, my soul does a full stop, like the great pause at the end of Handel's Hallelujah chorus. I can live in constant communion with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I experience this relational intimacy as I move towards God, as I attach myself to him.

Today is a day of great promise, bringing me much hope, because it is a day of knowing God more deeply by experience. 

"What a rich, joyous union 
with the triune God 
is offered to us."