The Eternal Love within the Trinity
Love and glory. They are intertwined from eternity past. With the Spirit-saturated stroke of a master painter, John ushers us into the heart of the intimate, relational life within the Trinity. Before our planet existed, before the stars were set into place, before the sun began to emanate light and heat, before galaxies were crafted – shrouded in mystery, before anything was created: the Father LOVED his Son. AND the Father GAVE the Son glory. Not because the Son had earned glory – or done anything at all, but simply because the Father LOVED the Son. This love and glory was simply a function of their eternal relationship and being.
I remember the day that my oldest son was born. We arrived at the hospital after an exhausting day. I was scared to death to be a father and felt completely inadequate. I literally collapsed on the floor and poured my heart out to God in prayer on behalf of my son, right there in the delivery room – in part out of desperation and because I didn’t really want to see what was going on amidst the pain and screaming. God was at work in me through this profound, relational experience. Then, it happened. Jaden was born. And the moment I held him, I loved him. He had done nothing to deserve my love, he simply was – my son. And everywhere I went, I told anyone who would listen that this was my son. I showered praise upon him simply because he was my beloved son – adopted into our family.
And those of us who have been adopted into God’s family in and through Christ by the Spirit are, in fact, children of God (John 1:12-13). And, likewise, we are loved, not because of anything we have done, but simply because we are God’s children. Because we are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (Galatians 4:4-7). This same Spirit continually pours out God’s love in our hearts (Romans 5:5). And it’s this love, the Father’s love, that propels us ever-outward towards others as we participate with Him in his mission to reconcile all peoples to himself through Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).