Tuesday, September 24, 2013

All creation displays God's love

The second chapter of Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves deals with the trinity (obviously) in regards to creation. The chapter's title indicates its direction: The Father's Love Overflows. Reeves sees creation as an overflow of the eternal love of the Father for the Son. He writes, "The Father so delighted in his Son that his love for him overflowed, so that the Son might be the firstborn among many sons" (43). God the Father has been eternally loving God the Son, and the overabundance of this love overflowed to creation giving another object for the Father's love.

Reeves ends the chapter with an encouragement for us as we live in this creation:
The triune God has not merely put a star here and there; he has lavished the skies with millions and billions of them. As Psalm 19 goes on to say, there in the sky he has placed the sun, which gives warmth, light and life to the world. There too are clouds which drop down rain to make things grow. The heavens declare the loving generosity of God. And that is why he created.

So next time you look up at the sun, moon and stars and wonder, remember: they are there because God loves, because the Father's love for the Son burst out that it might be enjoyed by many. And they remain there only because God does not stop loving. He is an attentive Father who numbers every hair on our heads, for whom the fall of every sparrow matters, and out of love he upholds all things through his Son, and breathes out natural life on all through his Spirit. (62)


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