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The Great Mystery of All, Revealed

The superabundance of God’s love required a receptacle that was not within the Trinity. …the Son’s desire for a counterpart was not rooted in any deficiency within Himself. It was instead rooted in the overflowing excess of divine love. It was this suppressed desire, therefore, that provoked the Son’s desire for a counterpart and that drove the Father to act on behalf of the Son.

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We can rightly say that God created everything for His Son to have a counterpart, a helpmate, a bride. God’s love for His Son drove Him to create. In the words of Paul Billheimer, “A godly romance is at the heart of the universe and is the key to all existence. From all eternity God purposed that at some point in the future His Son should have an Eternal Companion, described by John the Revelator as ‘the bride, the Lamb’s wife.'”

From chapter 5 of Frank Viola’s book “From Eternity to Here: Rediscovering the Ageless Purpose of God.”

I am traveling today, so I don’t have time to flesh out my thoughts on the above quote or on the chapter from which it comes. Instead, let’s discuss it in the comments.

  • What do you think of this as a motivation for God to create the universe, humans, and ultimately, the bride of Christ?
  • What have you heard is the reason for God to create, and to create the church?
  • Did/Does that explanation for why we are here satisfy you?
  • What do you believe is the reason?


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  1. Wow. Really interesting. And no way can I comment on it after reading one paragraph. I do agree that humanity – indeed the entire universe is created out of the overflowing love of our God. But I’m not sure how Viola reconciles, “not rooted in any deficiency” with ‘suppressed desire.’ Suppressing desire feels a lot like deficiency to me, so there’s that. I guess I would say that God’s love overflows in creativity, but I don’t know that I can take that as far as Viola has. He makes it sound like God was incomplete without us. Hmmm…

    • I agree with you that we have to be careful when talking about God and whether he has needs or deficiencies. I could tell that Frank was wrestling hard to find words to express something that I’m not sure we have the right words for. Later in the chapter he included a line from Augustine who h says, “no love is conceivable without a Lover and a Beloved.” it is in this sense I believe Frank is saying that Jesus “needs” an object of his love — it’s an essential part of the equation.

  2. I really love this. For many years not, if asked, I would have told you God created us out of an abundance of love. My paraphrase of Decartes is “God loved me into being, therefore I am”. But I often wonder if that is because I have lived my relationship with my parents in a paradigm of love. Most of the people in my life procreate because of anticipated delight in their children, which is a great model for this theological understanding. Would I believe this if I didn’t know such people? It certainly makes it easier to believe in a Trinity who loves gratuitously.

    • Really good question. I have wondered that too. I think even unloved children have a sense of what should be, even I’d they’ve never experienced it. But it must be difficult to wrap their heads around it. I don’t know.

  3. I’ll get back to you on this one.


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