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God Speaks

Here are a few quotes I came across while reading an article about Torrance’s understanding of the Trinity:

The characteristic of the biblical God, the Holy One of Israel, is that he speaks. When he speaks, those addressed know that they have been addressed by an “other”, by the Other; they know what has been spoken and therein know as well who has spoken.”

“In Scripture, to know God is to participate in the reality of God and so to be rendered forever different.”

Leviticus 19:2 can be defended as the “root” commandment of scripture (in contrast to the “great” commandment): “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” On the one hand, God’s holiness is his unique Godness and therefore he alone is holy. On the other hand, God’s people are commanded to be holy, the “root” commandment of scripture gathering up all others. Since God is love eternally in the sense of ceaseless activity, God’s people are holy inasmuch as the “root” commandment is seen to be related to the “great” commandment”: we are to love the Lord our God, together with our neighbour. We love God and neighbour alike, however, not through adopting an attitude or assuming a posture, but by being “doers of the Word” (James 1:22). We are not to “love in word or speech but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:18) What is real is not merely to be apprehended; what is real (ultimately, God, and his claim upon us and our concrete obedience in the sphere of his love and in fellowship with him) is to be done. (John 3:21)

Victor A. Shepherd, “Thomas F. Torrance and the Homoousion of the Holy Spirit”

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  1. June 13, 2010 at 5:01 am

    I’ve been reading Torrance’s “The Trinitarian Faith” this week and reflecting on how crucial the doctrine of the Trinity is for Christian doctrine and life. I fear many Christians simply don’t think about the Trinity because it is mysterious and hard to understand, but in doing so they miss the wonder of the mystery, that “to know God is to participate in the reality of God and so to be rendered forever different.” To be united to Christ is to be brought into the eternal loving relationship of God.

    Shepherd from The Knight Blog

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