God is known through God, which is to say that He is known through Himself as revealed in Jesus Christ.
To know Jesus is to know our Father. In Jesus we humans are joined to our Source – joined to our Father and joined to ourselves. We discover our real selves in the actual life and revelation of Jesus the Last Adam.
NOT A RELATIONSHIP OF ABSTRACTION AND EXTERNALITY
We are graced to Know God and know ourselves through God, through God’s person and because of the fact that we are part of God as sons and daughters, linked in the person of the Christ. Torrance asserts,
SON KNOWS THE FATHER AND THE FATHER KNOWS THE SON
This knowing God is ours when we live Christ as our life. “We can know God only if he brings us into communion with him in the inner relations of his own being as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This sharing in the knowledge that God has of himself was made possible through the incarnation of God’s Son and his mediation of the Spirit of the Father and the Son. In the incarnation God communicated himself to us in Jesus Christ his beloved Son.” (1)
ISSUE OF LIFE
Clearly the issue of the ages is knowing God as God is and knowing ourselves as we are as sons and daughters in relation to the trinity. The Reality in which to live is that Father is trustworthy and we are sons/daughters in spirit and in truth.
Just as the identity of a human being is known as man and woman, so the identity of God, His nature and grace is known through the trinity and in our recognising the trinity as the nature of God. But it is the trinitarian nature of God that is His activism and achieved salvation for us in Jesus Christ. The sonship that is now ours is not something we gain by a contract with God through the law. Our sonship is the gift of a relationship with God that God has in Godself in the trinity. We belong, we are included, separation is a lie, we are one with the trinity and members of the family of God. This is sonship.
Far from the law being the issue of the ages, as some would hold, the incarnation is the reality that reveals God, explains ourselves in God and joins heaven to earth. Torrance explains,
THE WAY OPENED
“The incarnation of the Son opened the way to knowing God in himself, as nothing else could have done. In Jesus Christ the Son of God took our human nature upon himself and made it his own so completely that he came among us as man; and by what he was as man, he revealed to us what he was and is as God.
That is to say, without giving up his divine nature, he united himself to us in our human nature so completely, that by living out his divine life within our human life as a real human life, he revealed something of the innermost secret of his own divine life as Son of the Father. But precisely in revealing to us his own nature as the Son, he revealed the nature of the Father, not just by word, teaching us what God is like.” (2)
Life is not revealed defining the spirit as the law, by parsimonious revisions of the truth that negate the incarnation or reversions to the law that make a genuine life in the Spirit impossible. There is no improvement on the apostles doctrine. We are alive in spirit and life when christ is our life and living in our oneness with God that is God’s oneness.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 54). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.