Experiencing the Trinity Paperback – 14 Feb 2002
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Majority of the book after ch. 2 is about the implications in our lives of belief in the Triune God. The purpose of the book is actually summarized in the opening statement of ch. 2: "At the center of the universe is a relationship." This implies the Trinity is open to community. When you believe in the Triune God, you realize that all of us, all of humanity, are connected through Him; we are called to join the community of Love that God is (God is Love: 1 John 4:16). Once we enter that community, there is no area or aspect or nook and cranny of our lives that God (who is Love) will not permeate. (And this, if you ask me, is how we are slowly made into the image of Jesus--because God in our lives and us in him allows him to slowly transform us into the righteousness of his Son.) That is the essence and summary and the whole point of Johnson's book. Nothing in our lives is ever the same when we experience for real a Trinitarian life, so to speak. There is no separation of secular and Christian (or spiritual and physical) in our lives anymore because everything is spiritual. We don't look at other people, Christian or not, in the same way because everyone else is our brother and sister. We don't pray the same way anymore nor worship the same way. This book is all about how to "practically apply" the belief of the Trinity in our lives--though I would rather call it the changes that come in our lives when one truly believes in the Triune God.
1) Finding the Trinity
2) Understanding the Trinity
3) Joining the Trinity
4) Entering the Trinity
5) Experiencing the Trinity.
The first chapter was essentially a biblical defense of the doctrine of the Trinity. Johnson provided several biblical references to support the notion of the Trinity even though the word does not appear in the Bible. Frankly, though this chapter is important for establishing the groundwork, I did not find it particularly engaging. However, as the book continued, I became more and more drawn in. He opened chapter 2 with these two sentences, "'At the center of the universe is a relationship.' That is the most fundamental truth I know." He then proceeds to shows the ways we have misunderstood this mystery (e.g., tri-theism, modalism) and what the consequences will be if we get it right.
In chapter 3, we are exposed to what for Johnson is an absolutely essential thought, one he retrieved from the writings of Thomas Torrance. In his book on the Trinity, Torrance wrote, "God draws near to us in such a way as to draw us near to himself within the circle of his knowing himself." Several times throughout the book, Johnson repeated this phrase, reminding the reader how, next to the Bible, it may be the most important thing he has ever read. In other words we are "co-lovers with God," which has foundation rattling implications for our relationships with God, with one another, and with the world.
I particularly appreciated the seven words he chose to express "inter-Trinitarian dynamics": intimacy, joy, servanthood, purity, power, creativity, and peace. Oh that our relationships would manifest some of this!
He concludes the book with a beautiful reflection on Paul's prayer in the middle of his letter to the Ephesians. I have never looked at it in quite such a Trinitarian fashion before, but I am seeing with new eyes.
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