”God is Love!” So says the scripture. As such, God is by nature relational. God is not some abstract omni-being who is the byproduct of post enlightenment thought and theology. God cannot be described merely by the use of philosophical terms like the “unmoved mover” or “first cause.”
Because God is LOVE– there must be an other to be loved. Love makes no sense if it is not expressed. This explains the centrality of the doctrine of the Trinity.
From eternity past and into eternity future, God is Trinity: ONE God RELATIONALLY CONNECTED and UNITED in every way as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
God is Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, forever enjoying a dance of love and passion. The Father and Son are WITH one another in relational love. The Holy Spirit is in the middle of that love – celebrating and being a part of the relationship.
This relational Trinitarian life expresses the rational for God creating. Love creates. Love gives birth. God created the world and all that is in it – including humankind – for the purpose of sharing the Trinitarian life and love of inclusion, acceptance, and adoption.
Humankind and everything in all creation has its life source from God – specifically Jesus the Son, through whom all things are created and held together. “In Him (Christ) we live, and move, and have our being!”
“God is Love!” So, the Father loves the Son – with whom he is “well pleased.”
Jesus, the Son, loves the Father (whom he calls “abba” or “Papa”) and has as His central passion to glorify His Papa by revealing His true nature as a God of loving grace, inclusion, and acceptace.
The Holy Spirit excels at celebrating relationship. The Spirit loves the Father and the Son – and magnifies the relationship that exist between them. The Spirit’s work among humanity is to enhance our awareness of God’s relational love, so that we will realize (come to an awareness) the fact that we have been caught up in Christ into the relational love of the Triune God.
Coming to the awareness of God’d love is coming to faith. It is realizing that we were created to be included in the divine dance of love (theologians call this perichoresis).
This amazing good news of grace reveals that God is not a legalist, concern with the rules, rituals, regulation, and requirements of some stale religious tradition. God is not the head of an institutional religious institution, concerned only with its self-preservation. God is different than that!
God is a compassionate Papa; a caring brother; and and indwelling Spirit - whose primary passion is that we all may know and personally experience His acceptance, inclusion, and adoption of us all by grace.
“God is love!”
This is salvation: The human Son of God came to give humanity rebirth by taking away the sin of the world (John 1); by including/adopting us from before creation and the fall (Eph 1); and by giving life to all (Roman 5); SO THAT we might have faith and thereby experience the new birth.
We are redeemed apart from any action on our part. This redemption is so that we might have faith, experience salvation, and enjoy life in Christ as a part of the Trinitarian dance.
You are invited today to participate in the life and joy of the dance.
My name is Bill Nieporte, and I am the Pastor of the Patterson Avenue Baptist Church. I manage this site and its contains personal thoughts, sermons, essays, book reviews, and more. These may not necessarily reflect the convictions of the congregation I serve. But I am blessed to serve a free-thinking Baptist congregation which is kind enough to consider that my ramblings MIGHT just be a message from God.
The central aim of this blog is to share the good news of the Triune God of grace.
In addition to my own materials, you will also find links, videos, and materials written by friends who share similar thoughts and theology. I say “similar” because I do not necessary agree with everything posted on or linked in this site. What I share is stuff I find interesting, inspiring, educational, and/or challenging. If you disagree with any of it – of with anything I have personally written – that’s your right. Heck, I may not fully agree with anything I shared last week, last month, or last year. I am a work in progress. So, let me say that I love to RESPECTFULLY engage in discussion and exchange. Feel free to join my Facebook Community.
ENJOY THE DANCE!