The Triune God Flowing to Us

Triune God flows to manIn Revelation 22:1-2a John says, “he showed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb in the middle of its street. And on this side and on that side of the river was the tree of life, producing twelve fruits, yielding its fruit each month.” Here the Triune God is flowing as the supply of eternal life to man.

God the Father is the source, the Son is the embodiment of all that God is (Colossians 2:9), and the Spirit comes to dwell in man with the reality of all that God in Christ is and has accomplished (John 14:17). The Triune God flowing to man, seen in Revelation 22, is also in 2 Corinthians 13:14, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

The note* on this verse in the Recovery Version begins,

The grace of the Lord is the Lord Himself as life to us for our enjoyment (John 1:17 and note 1; 1 Cor. 15:10 and note 1), the love of God is God Himself (1 John 4:8, 16) as the source of the grace of the Lord, and the fellowship of the Spirit is the Spirit Himself as the transmission of the grace of the Lord with the love of God for our participation. These are not three separate matters but three aspects of one thing, just as the Lord, God, and the Holy Spirit are not three separate Gods but three “hypostases … of the one same undivided and indivisible” God (Philip Schaff).

The note continues:

The love of God is the source, since God is the origin; the grace of the Lord is the course of the love of God, since the Lord is the expression of God; and the fellowship of the Spirit is the impartation of the grace of the Lord with the love of God, since the Spirit is the transmission of the Lord with God, for our experience and enjoyment of the Triune God — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, with Their divine virtues.

After reviewing the revelation in multiple books of the Bible, the note concludes:

Thus, it is evident that the divine revelation of the trinity of the Godhead in the holy Word, from Genesis through Revelation, is not for theological study but for the apprehending of how God in His mysterious and marvelous trinity dispenses Himself into His chosen people, that we as His chosen and redeemed people may, as indicated in the apostle’s blessing to the Corinthian believers, participate in, experience, enjoy, and possess the processed Triune God now and for eternity.

Abundant thanks and praise to our Triune God for flowing to us for our experience and enjoyment both now and eternally in New Jerusalem.

* Read the entire note in The NT Recovery Version Online, © 1997-2012 by LSM

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  1. crownade

     /  December 17, 2012

    Triune God, we adore You! We lay our whole life before You! O how we love You!…


  2. I like these words: origin, expression, and importation. To me, this is helpful in seeing and appreciating our wonderful Triune God. I also appreciate that the Triune God is for our experience and enjoyment. He is flowing into us!


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