Ultimate reality

The eternal experience of God is a shared life of personal love between Father, Son, and Spirit. This is the basis for John’s unique declaration in his first epistle: God is love!   (1 John 4:8, 16) We often forget how absolutely amazing this affirmation really is. It has absolutely no equal in the whole of ancient literature. It is therefore worth repeating: God is love! John is not simply emphasizing that God loves; John proclaims that God is love.

Love is not merely a function or expression of God;
love is the very essence of God.

The constant experience of God is love. Ultimate reality – the divine reality – is love.

–Richard J. Vincent

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Without Trinity, what is left?

If we ditch “Trinity”, we’re left with some unconditioned power as ultimate reality.  You could call it fate, karma, a divine decree, entropy, or ‘blind, pitiless indifference’ [Richard Dawkins], but in biblical terms you might as well call it the devil.  With these kinds of beliefs about the world, power does not serve love, love serves power.  Such a state of affairs seems a decent description of the kingdom of darkness.  Without Trinity, you’re left with Satan…

When Trinity is forgotten, God is re-cast as an insatiable sink-hole of need.  “A perfect being must seek itself” is the logic of this philosophical (and Unitarian) position.  Therefore, say the philosophers, God seeks himself.  And he only seeks us as a means to seeking himself.

If this were true then self-absorption is ultimate reality.  Essentially it would be more blessed to receive than to give.  The gospel would be our life given to God.  Discipleship would consist of our spiritual offerings.  And mission would be our duty to find recruits for God’s great ego trip.

With the Trinity, though, things could not be more different.  When the Radiant God is in view, perfection is expressed in seeking what’s dark (Matthew 5:43-48). His glory is His grace.  The gospel is God’s life poured out for us.  Discipleship consists of receiving His offerings.  And mission is God’s outgoing life to which we’re invited.

–Glen Scrivener

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