T. F. Torrance on the knowledge of God

Some of the greatest words I have ever read outside of scripture:
“Christianity stands for something very different: the fact that in Jesus Christ God has communicated to us his Word and has imparted to us his Spirit, so that we may really know him as he is in himself, and not just in his external relations toward us or in some merely negative way.   The Word and the Spirit are not transient creaturely media through which God has revealed to us something about himself; for they are not external to God but are internal to his transcendant Being.  Through his Word and his Spirit God has communicated himself to us in his own eternal and indivisible Reality as God the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.  That is why we believe that what God is toward us in Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, he is in himself, antecedently and eternally in himself; and that what he imparts to us through the Spirit who sheds the love of God into our hearts, he is in himself, antecedently and eternally in himself.  It is thus that through Jesus Christ God has given himself to us and through the Holy Spirit he lifts us up into communion with himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in a two-way movement of propitiation in which he draws near to us in such a way as to draw us near to himself  within the circle of his knowing of himself.”–T. F. Torrance in Trinitarian Perspectives pg.2


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