At the heart of the universe is a God of love.
John says specifically, “God is love.” (1 John 4:16). Not loves, or has love, or became love, but is love. Now, that has a huge impact on our understanding of God. If God is love that means that God must be more than a strictly solitary or singular being.
Why? Because love doesn’t exist and in fact cannot exist in isolation – love is something that by it’s very nature must be given and received.
Bring on the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Bring on the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas apart from the Trinity. Only by knowing that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit can we begin to comprehend that God is love, and that he loved the world in a particular way by sending Jesus.
From all eternity God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit have enjoyed loving communion and delight in one another, and where there is love there is life and creativity. It was out of such love that Father, Son and Holy Spirit created the world, the cosmos. It was out of such love that God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – made humanity in his/their very own image (Gen 1:26,27) to live within the very same circle of trinitarian love – staggering thought!
It was love that created a boundary and gave humanity the freedom to choose.
The problem is that we chose to love and serve ourselves rather than God with the result that the fellowship for which we were created was broken – but God didn’t want it to remain that way.
Enter Jesus, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and Spirit, a plan conceived in the loving community of the Godhead to bring us back into the circle of his love (John 14:20,21,23).
If God were a solitary being, there would have been a time when he was not love, and subsequently a time when he started loving. It would also mean he was dependent upon our love.
Praise God he is and has always been a loving Trinity of being!