Borrowed Tuesday Wisdom

“All sorts of people are fond of repeating the Christian statement that ‘God is love’. But they seem not to notice that the words ‘God is love’ have no real meaning unless God contains at least two Persons. Love is something that one person has for another person. If God was a single person, then before the world was made, He was not love. Of course, what these people mean when they say that God is love is often some- thing quite different: they really mean ‘Love is God’. They really mean that our feelings of love, however and wherever they arise, and whatever results they produce, are to be treated with great respect. Perhaps they are: but that is something quite different from what Christians mean by the statement ‘God is love’. They believe that the living, dynamic activity of love has been going on in God forever and has created everything else.

And that, by the way, is perhaps the most important difference between Christianity and all other religions: that in Christianity God is not a static thing—not even a person—but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance” (C. S. Lewis).

I sometimes marvel at how adeptly C. S. Lewis could take complex ideas and make them understandable. He was one of the foremost Christian apologetics of his day because he made deep theological concepts accessible to non-theologians. He made it simple, yet never simplistic.

I love the idea that the triune God has always had perfect fellowship within Himself. The idea of God is love in the context of Father and Son and Holy Spirit in perfect harmony blows my mind a bit. The Holy Spirit always points to Jesus, who always does the will of His Father, who always rejoices in His Son. It is like one of those intricate dances of olden days with all the steps and bows and cadences.

God didn’t create anything (including people) out of any kind of need. He was perfectly content within Himself. He created out of an overflow of joy and love from within the trinity that couldn’t help but spread into everything it touched. That’s the kind of joyous love that led to the incarnation and ultimately to the cross. That’s the kind of love that raised Jesus from the dead. That’s the kind of love that God through Jesus pours out into our hearts the moment we say yes to His invitation. That’s good news.

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