Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Self-Giving Trinity.

From Peter Leithart, Deep Comedy: Trinity, Tragedy and Hope in Western Literature (Moscow, ID: Canon Press, 2006), 89. 

Leithart writes: "To put it another way, the trinitarian life is a rhythm of self-giving and return within the life of God.  Trinitarian life is a life given over and returned as glorified life.  The Father loves and submits to the Son, and the Son to the Father, and the Son to the Spirit, and so on.  But this self-giving of one Person to the others is always met with a return gift: the Father's gift of Himself to the Son is met with the Son's gift of Himself to the Father.  "Self-sacrifice" is met with a returning of the self gift that eternally and ever refreshes and renews the triune fellowship.  Gift and return, we might say, are simultaneous in the life of God, since the Father who gives the Son in the Spirit is in the Son who returns the gift to the Father in the same Spirit.  There is not even a moment of "stasis" or death, since "resurrection" life is offered back from the moment the original life is offered."

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