TRINITY 7: Made for intimacy with God
Deep, personal, other-centred intimacy. That is what we were made for because we come from one who enjoys that intimacy within himself, indeed God is defined by that intimacy. For Intimacy is just another way of describing love, although it is a careful way of describing the kind of love we are talking about. This is not casual or superficial affection but profound, interdependent, caring, long-term appreciation. And because we are created by One who ‘does’ intimacy we called into an intimate relationship with him. We see this intimacy when we read of Moses who spoke with the LORD face to face (Num 12:8). The people of Israel also enjoyed this face to face intimacy when they met with the LORD on Mount Sinai (Deut 5:4). It is an intimacy modelled by Jesus as he spent devoted time in prayer to his Father (Luke :12). It is an intimacy the Christian, and the Church, enjoys as they open the door to Christ that he might eat with them (Rev 3:20). And when we open the door to Christ we know we also get the Father and the Spirit (John 14:17,23)- that’s how Trinity works. This is no aloof God, inhabiting a distant corner of the cosmos essentially letting us work things out on our own. No, our God is one who purposes to share the intimacy of the Trinity with us now, in part, and in all its fullness in New Creation. He will dwell with us, he will be our God and we will be his people (Rev 21.3).