From this simple, yet profound, statement about the nature of God, British theologian Michael Reeves draws a beautiful portrait of the biblical doctrine of the Trinity in Delighting in the Trinity, An Introduction to the Christian Faith (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2012). As the subtitle of the book suggests, a proper understanding of the Trinity shapes the entirety of Christian faith and practice. Reeves explores these ramifications regarding God’s identity as Father, Son and Spirit (chapter 1), creation (chapter 2), salvation (chapter 3), the Christian life (chapter 4), and the nature of God (chapter 5).
Why begin with the notion that “God is love”? Because “God could not be love if there was nobody to love” (p. 26). If love is truly essential to God’s nature, then God did not start loving after He created the world. He has always been a God of love. But if that is the case, who was God loving before there was a universe? Continue reading