Patricia Hofer

God’s relationship with Christ

First, perhaps, it is important to consider why there is Christ. God could be Spirit all by Himself. But could God be Love without something to love? This is what CS Lewis poses in his chapter “Good Infection,” and it has the ring of truth. God, not trying to hide Himself but ever seeking to reveal Himself, has to have an expression, some way to express love. Lewis wrote: “…we must think of the Son always, so to speak, streaming forth from the Father, like light from a lamp, or heat from a fire, or thoughts from a mind. He is the self- expression of the Father—what the Father has to say. And there never was a time when He was not saying it” (Mere Christianity). …
George MacDonald very gently ties the whole concept together with these words: “It is not the fact that God is all in all that unites the universe. Rather it is the love of the Son to the Father. For of no onehood comes unity. There can be no oneness where there is only one. For the very beginnings of unity there must be two. Without Christ, therefore, there could be no universe” (Discovering the Character of God, p. 186) (As quoted in Power of Yielding, pp. 25-26. ©️ 2005)

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