Outgoing – Session 5 – 6 October 2011
The Outgoing God
Last week we considered the Triune God.
The Trinity is not a maths problem,
It’s the good news that God is love, and we’re invited.
What are the roles of the Persons?
2 Corinthians 13:14:
Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
Love of God
Fellowship of the Holy Spirit
What was there in the beginning?
Common Objection: What’s all this nonsense about Trinity? Isn’t it easier to stick with one God?
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made; who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; he was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried, and the third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; from thence he shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spake by the prophets.
What does it mean that the Son is “eternally begotten”?
By the Spirit and through the Son, God is eternally outgoing
Richard Sibbes: “God’s goodness is a communicative, spreading goodness. . . . If God had not a communicative, spreading goodness, he would never have created the world. The Father, Son and Holy Ghost were happy in themselves and enjoyed one another before the world was. But that God delights to communicate and spread his goodness, there had never been a creation nor a redemption. God useth his creatures not for defect of power, that he can do nothing without them, but for the spreading of his goodness.”
God so loved the world that He gave...
His Son... and
At Christmas He gave Himself particularly
At Pentecost He gave Himself universally
Common Objection: “Why did God make us? And who made God?”
Recommended Reading: Genesis 1-5.
What is the relationship between
God <=> Humanity <=> World
Life and Death
Next Week: Dead
God is Life and life-giving, but how do we respond? We naturally close ourselves off from our true Life-source. This is the problem for the world.