Still, we express our love for God by knowing him as he has chosen to reveal himself to us through the Bible. Also, by knowing God better, we may understand more clearly just how much he differs from the false but far more popular gods of
God’s first and only way of being god freely decided, before all time, not to limit himself to just that one way of being god. He freely decided to include, as an essential aspect of his inmost nature, a second way of being god. So God’s first way of being god originated God’s second way of being god. By so doing, God made freedom to be with and for another an essential aspect of his core identity.
Then God’s first way of being god and God’s second way of being god freely decided, before all time, that the spirit animating their relationship was going to be one of love. God’s first way of being god so conspired with God’s second way of being god that God’s third way of being god proceeded from them both. By doing so, God made love an essential aspect of his core identity.
So there is only one god. At the same time, this one god freely decided before all time to include, in his inmost nature, three ways of being god. By doing so, he made freedom and love essential aspects of his core identity.
God relates to us in the same way that he relates to himself. God relates to us in freedom and love just as Father, Son, and Spirit relate to one another in freedom and love. God does this because freedom and love are essential aspects of his core identity.
Because the Father originated the Son in an act of freedom, so the Father created us as humans in an act of freedom. In being the origin of the Son and the creator of us, the Father revealed that freedom is an essential aspect of his core identity.
Because the Son was originated by the Father, he could serve as mediator between the Father and us. As mediator, the Son could reveal the true divine nature, will, words, and works of the Father to us. As mediator, the Son could also embody our true human nature, will, words, and works in response to the Father.
Because the Spirit proceeded from both the Father and the Son as the spirit of dynamic love between them, this same Spirit unites us through that same dynamic love with God, one another, and all creation.
We rightly reflect on the doctrine of the Trinity so that we may know, for sure, that God is the one odd god of freedom and love because these are essential aspects of his core identity. We cannot say this of the much more popular gods of
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