TheoCenTriC Stumbling Toward Christ

Living, Loving Trinity


The social Trinity depicts God as beautiful and supremely lovable. God is not a featureless monad, isolated and motionless, but a dynamic event of loving actions and personal relationality. What loveliness and sheer liveliness God is! We praise the Father, who is primordial light and unoriginated being, absolute mystery, without beginning or end. We praise our Lord Jesus Christ, everlasting Son of the Father, who lives in fellowship with the Father, ever responding to his love. We praise the Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who is breathed out everlastingly—living, ecstatic, flaming. Each person of the Trinity exists eternally with the others, each has its gaze fixed on the others, each casts a glance away from itself in love to the others, the eye of each lover ever fixed on the beloved other…

God is not preoccupied with himself, not unable to give himself away. It is the essence of God that he go out from himself and overflow for the sake of the other. In his very being as triune, God moves outward toward creation and incarnation. Giving us life and taking us to his own bosom are not afterthoughts but accord with God’s nature and purpose. It is natural for God to make a world that would reflect relationality back to him. It is natural for God as social Trinity to create beings capable of hearing and responding to his word and capable of relating to each other also. It is natural for God to create a world not wholly determined but one peopled with creatures with whom God can freely share his life. It is natural for God to humble himself in the making of such a world, willing the existence of beings with an independent status alongside himself, and to accept limitations on his sovereignty voluntarily, not by external imposition. It is natural for God not to have to be all-determining but to be Ruler over a world of finite agents. Such a world is more difficult to manage but offers God items of much higher value.

– Flame of Love, Clark Pinnock

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By Rich
TheoCenTriC Stumbling Toward Christ

Rev. Rich Vincent

After 24 years of pastoring, I continue to stumble toward Christ, and invite you to do the same. Prayerfully hoping the material on this site will aid you to this end. Grace and peace!