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God’s Goodness: The Trinity

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God’s Goodness: The Trinity

God is a fellowship of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, so God is a communion of love. From eternity, God is fundamentally love, relational, personal, communal, friendship, family. God took on secondary attributes when God created the universe: God is creator, holy (as in “separate and distinct” from creation), sovereign (as in “ruler” of creation), etc. God took on tertiary attributes when humans corrupted human nature: just, wrathful, merciful, redeeming, purifying, etc. But God’s secondary and tertiary attributes must be understood as activities of His love, not as fundamental attributes equal and opposite to love. Also, since God made human beings “in the image of God,” we are called to receive and share the divine love, by participation. Since we do not generate love, we must depend on God, and grow in love in relationship with the Triune God.