Sunday, July 8, 2012

Is God ever lonely?

The doctrine of the Trinity expels unworthy ideas about the perfection of Godʼs life. It is unworthy to think that God without us is lonely or bored. God is not looking for something to do in the happy land of the Trinity. God did not created the world in order to fill the drafty mansion of heaven with the pitter-patter of little feet. God is not pining away for companionship in a lonesome heaven. [We should] always reject the idea of divine loneliness or boredom. But as soon as you entertain the truth of the doctrine of the ontological Trinity, the unworthiness of the idea of a lonely or bored God becomes patently obvious. 
The Triune God is one, but not solitary. 
Nothing that God does in creation or redemption is done because God lacked employment or occupation. The incarnation of the Son of God was not undertaken as an excellent adventure to provide diversion from the dullness of being the eternal Son. All these are ideas are unworthy of God, as the doctrine of the Trinity makes obvious...The tri-personal love of God is not a love that needs any completion. Consequently we should avoid presenting the gospel in a way that suggests God is begging us to come back home so He can finally be happy again, as if our redemption repairs a breach that ruptured the blessedness of God. 

- The Deep Things of God; How the Trinity Changes Everything, Fred Sanders, Crossway, Wheaton Illinois 2010 pg. 95-96

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