Created in love to love

Click here to listen to this 17-minute message.

It all starts with love. In the beginning… what? In the beginning… God. But not a solitary God. No! A plural God, a triune God, a God in relationship with Godself. The three-in-one God.

We know little of God-as-God, because most everything we know of God is God-in-relationship-to-creation. Theologians refer to this God as the ‘economic trinity‘ – the active God engaging with the world that God had created. Just as who we are inside (our identify, our sense of self) is not equivalent to the person people encounter us to be at work or church, God’s actual self (which theologians call the ‘immanent trinity‘) is not equivalent to God as humanity encounters God.

So, what do we know about God as God, the immanent trinity? Not much! All we really know is that God was always three. Yet also one. God the Spirit and God the Word were already present with God the Parent “in the beginning”.

And while we know there have always been three persons (perhaps there are more than three, but God has revealed to us, so far, just three), these three persons are one being, one essence. I argue that LOVE is the most fundamental essential to the being of God. Relationship between the Parent, Word and Spirit that is so powerful, so intimate, so in tune with each other, so embracing, that the three are in fact one (what theologians call ‘perichoresis’).

Love. Love is the heart of God.

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Those of you who are familiar with my work will hopefully recognise that this is the centre of my theology. It is, in theological terms, my ‘hermeneutic key’, that is, it is the key statement of faith by which I make meaning of everything else in my faith – my experience of God, of others and of myself, my reading of the Scriptures, my reflections on my thinking or reason, and my adoption (or rejection) of tradition. It is the cornerstone. Read chapter 3 of my book for a bit more on this, and if you’re inspired, read the whole book – Being God’s Beloved – online or buy the book.

Based on this, I suggest two small practical ways that we can give expression to this great example of love, ways that we can become the image of God by behaving like God:

  1. Being kind to those we meet in the course of our day, by smiling, greeting, showing interest to and asking after the strangers we pass during our daily lives. By seeing these people through the eyes of Christ – seeing them as Christ sees them.
  2. Loving the work that we do (whether that is paid employment, volunteer work or house work), by investing energy and effort in our work, treating this work as something that God has entrusted to us, as he entrusted the Garden of Eden to Adam, to tend and care for.

If love is the heart of the triune God, and if we are created in God’s image, then we are most like God when we express love in all that we do.

We are created in love, to love.

Feature image from: https://www.christianity.com/god/trinity/god-in-three-persons-a-doctrine-we-barely-understand-11634405.html

2 thoughts on “Created in love to love

  1. Genevieve Geekie says:

    LOVE you Adrian !!

    Love your theology

    LOVE

    Gen

    On Sun, Dec 9, 2018 at 5:16 AM Reflections of God’s Love wrote:

    > Adrian van Breda posted: “Click here to listen to this 17-minute message. > It all starts with love. In the beginning… what? In the beginning… God. > But not a solitary God. No! A plural God, a triune God, a God in > relationship with Godself. The three-in-one God. We know little ” >

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    • 😊 Thanks Gen!

      Adrian

      From: Reflections of God’s Love Sent: Sunday, 09 December 2018 14:47 To: advanbreda@gmail.com Subject: [Reflections of God’s Love] Comment: “Created in love to love”

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      Genevieve Geekie commented on Created in love to love

      Click here to listen to this 17-minute message. It all starts with love. In the beginning… what? In the beginning… God. …

      LOVE you Adrian !!

      Love your theology

      LOVE

      Gen

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