The Bible tells us, “God is love”, so I thought I would try something. If we were to take the word “love” and insert it into scripture passages talking about God what would happen?
“In the beginning was the Love, and the Love was with God, and the Love was God” (John 1:1). “Love came to His own, and those who were Love’s own did not receive Love. But as many as received Love, to them Love gave the right to become children of Love, even to those who believe in Love’s name” (John 1:11-12). How about this one? “And the Love became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw Love’s glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Love, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
Love by its very nature requires more than one person, right? I mean, I can’t love by myself, there has to be an object of love. This I think is why God as a Trinity, (Father, Son and Spirit), makes sense. Although God is one, just by the mere fact we are told He is love reveals we are dealing in some sense with more than one doesn’t it? Think about it this way; in the scriptures we read where the Son is well pleasing to the Father; and the Spirit’s role is to point to the Son. Jesus said on numerous occasions “I only do what I see the Father do”, “the Son can do nothing on His own”, etc. Then He turned around and, speaking of the Holy Spirit, said, “He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify me, for He will take of mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are mine; therefore I said that He takes of mine and will disclose it to you” (John 16:13-15).
While defining love is not so easy to do, one thing is for sure; love is always “for others.” If you take that to be the defining point you will see clearly how God the Father was well-pleased with the Son and the Son promises us the Holy Spirit, who will always take what is the Son’s, which is really the Father’s, and reveal it to us. So the Father points to the Son and says, “look to Him”, while the Son says “Oh no, I can’t do anything apart from the Father”; and the Spirit says, “Pay attention to the Son; because He is the exact representation of the invisible God” (Colossians 2:9).
How does all this apply to me you might ask. Well, this brings us to what the Bible calls “The Gospel” or “good news”. The Good News is this God, who is love, has come to invite us to join Him in this “Love Triangle.” According to Romans six, we that have been baptized into Christ have been joined with Him in His death, therefore we have been joined to Him and raised with Him to walk in newness of life. So we have been co-crucified with Christ and that’s not all. Reading in Ephesians 2 you will discover we have not only been raised, but in fact we have been “seated with Him in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” We as a born-again believer, or receiver of Christ, “may now have fellowship with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3). This is all the work of the Holy Spirit through the Son’s full obedience to the Father, who is Love.
“Whosoever will let him come.”