We’re No Cattle to a Triune God

September 13, 2012

One thing that will stoke your worship is to grasp the difference between the triune God versus the solitary “gods” and devils of this world.  Lewis’s senior demon in The Screwtape Letters draws the contrast well.  Speaking from the perspective of Satan, Screwtape says,

We want cattle who can finally become food; He wants servants who can finally become sons.  We want to suck in, He wants to give out.  We are empty and would be filled; He is full and flows over.
(quoted in Michael Reeves, Delighting in the Trinity, 45)

Satan and the other so-called gods of this world, in their solitariness, use creation.  Nature and people are to them tools for their own selfish ends.

God, being triune, is altogether different.  He makes sons of us because he is an eternal Father to the eternal Son.  He gives freely to us because he is a life-giving Spirit.  God is full and overflowing because from all eternity he has lived in love and joy in himself as the Three-in-One.

God doesn’t use us because, being Trinity, he doesn’t need us.  Before the world ever was, in himself, God is love.


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