Wednesday, May 7, 2008

A Note on the Gospel

From all eternity, God lives as Father, Son and Spirit in a rich and glorious and abounding fellowship. There is no emptiness in this circle, no depression or fear or angst. The Trinitarian life is a life of unchained communion and intimacy, fired by passionate, other-centered, self-giving love and mutual delight. Such love, giving rise to such togetherness and fellowship, is the womb of the universe and of human existence within it.

The gospel begins here with this God and with this divine life, and its unbounded fellowship and joy. Before time dawned and space was called to be, before the heavens were stretched out and filled with a sea of stars, before the earth was summoned and filled with people and life and endless beauty, before there was anything, there was the Father, Son and Spirit and the great dance of Trinitarian life. The stunning truth is that this Triune God, in amazing and lavish love, determined to open the circle and share the Trinitarian life with others. This is the one, eternal and abiding reason for the creation of the world and of human life. There is no other God, no other will of God, no second plan, no hidden agenda for human beings. From the beginning, God is Father, Son and Spirit, and from the beginning, this God has determined not to live without us (as Karl Barth said).

Before the blueprints for creation were drawn up, the Father, Son and Spirit set their abounding love upon us and determined that we would be adopted, that we would be given a place inside their circle of life, and made participants in the very fellowship and joy and glory of the Triune God. There and then, before creation, it was decided that the Son would cross every chasm between God and humanity and establish a real and abiding relationship—union. He was predestined to be the mediator, the one in and through whom the very life of the Triune God would enter human existence and human existence would be lifted up to share in the Trinitarian life.

The gospel is the good news that this stunning plan of the Triune God has now become eternal fact in Jesus Christ. In his incarnate life, death, resurrection and ascension, he laid hold of the human race, took us down in his death, recreated us in his resurrection, and lifted us up into the embrace of the Father in his ascension. The Holy Spirit was then poured out upon the world, with the singular mission of revealing Jesus Christ (and who we are in him) to humanity in its darkness. The Holy Spirit comes to lead us to know the truth, so that the reality of our adoption in Christ can come to full and abiding and personal expression in us, and in our relationships with one another, and in our relationship with all creation.

Come, Holy Spirit


Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL expression of the Gospel. Thanks for writing this down.


Anonymous said...

Thank you,

Dr. Krugar for your devotion to the Father,Son, and Holy Spirt. One the comments that I read from a previous post of yours stated that he had never thought any understanding of the Trinity was important. That is exactly how I felt since 1994, I grew up in the Worldwide Church of God prior to 1994 never believed in the Trinity. I had no I idea I was missing God. So thank you very much, and thank God Almighty that He never left me nor forsook me in my darkness.

C. Baxter Kruger, Ph.D. said...

Thanks boys. It is good to know that folks are really listening. Come, Holy Spirit.

Anonymous said...

this is fun! I am going to print these all out and put them in my church's library. We'll just keep adding them to the notebook week after week. We have some without internet access and these are too good to be left in cyberspace alone! Thanks Baxter. Maybe in a few years a book of these blog posts could be put together called Blogging with Baxter or something more creative.

Diane said...

I shared this post with a friend and he got really excited. He said it confirmed something he already knew he knew.

Baxter, I see a lot of similarities between your insights and those of James Alison. Are you familiar with him? I'm currently rereading Raising Able: The Recovery of the Eschatologiacal Imagination.

Diane said...

Ooops! I posted my comment in the wrong place. It was for the Judgement post, though it probably goes just as well here.