Thursday, February 18, 2016

Some Trinitarian Moves


If Trinity then...

Prayer...
The Father and Son enjoy an eternal conversation by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit conveying the Father's love for the Son, and the Son's delight in his Father.The gospel says the Spirit unites us to the Son and brings us inside this relational dance. I pray in the name of Jesus to the Father who is now also my Father. I join with the Son's Spirit-filled 'Abba'. Instead of dutiful submission to sovereignty, we're invited to ask from our generous father who is Lord of Heaven and Earth. As the great Triune/Tabernacle hymn puts it "Before the throne of God above I have a strong and perfect plea, a great high priest whose name is Love..."

Preaching...
If only the Son makes the Father known then the content of preaching must be the Son. The tone of preaching is invitational. The posture of preaching is not over-bearing and superior but alongside others. "I've heard of Jesus, I need to repent to him, come to him with me..."

Trinity implies evangelistic content and evangelistic tone and posture... the love of God reaches out, overflows, gives-and-gives. The stumbling stone is the place of offense but nothing else. Trinity implies mission because there's no limiting the love of God. The Christ doesn't do dead-ends and puddles, but roads that advance and extend, rivers that flow on and on...

Life...
When you find your life in the three you're into a family bursting with life, overflowing with love, of movement and music... a life that created all things, not just functionally but with truth and goodness, sounds and colour. Trinitarian life doesn't stand aloof from this world but participates in it for good, aware of it's brokenness as well as it's beauty, to appreciated and enjoy in the context of relationship.

And all creation speaks of this Triune God and his gospel-story - seeds that die to bear much fruit... blazing stars that burn themselves out to give light and life to others... the stars and seasons and countless other images of divine things...

Image - Creative Commons - Mari Paz Molina

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