Accountability Groups

Here is a great post on accountability groups.

Perichoresis

Again, another blog title where most people are saying, “Huh?” However, this doctrine is a very important part of our doctrine of the Trinity. We might ask this question, “How is it that God can be one and three at the same time (though they are not one and three in the same way)?” The answer is that each person of the Trinity mutually indwells and penetrates each of the two other persons in the Trinity. In fact, this is the case to the point that one person of the Trinity is fully God, and yet the three together are not more God than one of the persons. The three persons take up the same divine space. This mutual indwelling and interpenetration is called perichoresis, a Greek word meaning “moving around and through.” This doctrine means that though the three persons are distinct (eternally distinct), they are inseparable. Furthermore, the way they are inseparable is this perichoresis.

This allows us to see what Gregory of Nazianzen saw: “This I give you to share, and to defend all your life, the one Godhead and power, found in the three in unity, and comprising the three separately; not unequal, in substances or natures, neither increased nor dimished by superiorities or inferiorities; in every respect equal, in every respect the same; just as the beauty and the greatness of the heavens is one; the infinite conjunction of the three infinite ones, each God when considered in himself; as the Father, so the Son; as the Son, so the Holy Spirit; the three one God when contemplated together; each God because consubstantial; one God because of the monarchia. No sooner do I conceive of he one than I am illumined by the splendour of the three; no sooner do I distinguish them than I am carried back to the one. When I think of any one of the three I think of him as the whole, and my eyes are filled, and the greater part of what I am thinking escapes me. I cannot grasp the greateness of that one so as to attribute a greater greatness to the rest. When I contemplate the three together, I see but one torch, and canot divide or measure out the undivided light.” In 1.13 of the Institutes. Calvin says that this passage vastly delighted him. And indeed, it shows us the glory of perchoresis.