"God draws near to us" - wonderful enough! "God draws near to us in such a ways to draw us near to himself" - fantastic as well! But here is what startled me, and brought it all into focus: "God draws near to us in such a way as to draw us near to himself within the circle of his knowing of himself." I almost dropped the book! I was stunned. Tears began to flow. I wanted to get up and dance and fall down on my knees.(p60)Johnson shows how the centre of the universe is a relationship and a community, into which we're invited as 'co-lovers' in which "as real sons and daughters in the family, we, like the eternal Son, get filled with the Spirit, who moves us to, like the Son, cry out 'Oh, Abba!'" (p63).
We become co-lovers with God of God, of one another, and of the world. He goes on to challenge the notion of think of the Trinity as "Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer" on the grounds that, for example, it's not just the Father who creates. But more so, these are not relational terms. Whereas there can be no Father without the Son. We're lovers made for relationship by the God who is relational.
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