Thursday, December 06, 2018

God Power-Shares and Love-Shares with Us

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South Haven, Michigan

A.W. Tozer writes:


“The power of God, then, is not something God has; 
it is something God is.”

Tozer, Born After Midnight, p. 27

I have many things. I have a pair of glasses. But I am not the glasses. The glasses are external to my being.

God doesn't have power, as if power were something he does not have in his being, but could acquire. God's power is not acquired power. It is power in esse. Which is to say, God's power is his very being; thus, God is power. This means that God cannot not be power. 

In the same way, God is love. God cannot not-love. Because God's love is in esse, his being, all that God thinks and says and does is love. 

What this means for us is this: God power-shares and love-shares with us. God invites us into his being (John 14-17). We are to connect with him, as a branch abides in a vine. The resources of the vine, what the vine is in its essence, flow into the branch. 

This is God's esse, coursing through me. This is why Jesus can say, 


Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me 
will do the works I have been doing, 
and they will do even greater things than these, 
because I am going to the Father.