The Greek Orthodox Theological
The Gospel begins with this
... and the
was God ...in him there was Life
and the Word became flesh, and we have seen his glory, as of a
only Son, full of grace and
his fullness we have all received grace
and it continues...
"God so loved
gave his only
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but have everlasting Life."
God, the Word (Only Son) and Life, the divine Trinity, is the background to the Incarnation of the Word. But the Incarnate Word also incurs the revelation of the Holy Trinity, since in his glory the disciples see the divine Son and the Father and the fullness of divine grace and truth. Other well-known expressions of this Gospel event come from St. Paul. And here again, the same connection between the divine Trinity and the Incarnation is observed:
had come, God sent his Son, born of
woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the
so that we might re ceive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent his Spirit
was in Christ reconciling the world to himself not
their trespasses against them and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation"
"Let the same mind be
the form of God,
with God some
the form of
becoming obedient to
even death on a cross ... Therefore God exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so
every tongue should con fess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God
In all these classic Gospel statements the Incarnation and the Trinity are intertwined in a context which is both eschatological and soteriological. God's condescension to be with us in this eschatological and saving way through the inhomination of
Son has meant that God has fully disclosed himself to
This full or final revelation of God entails the mystery of God's identity, the mystery of the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and that we come to experience
know this mystery
saving event. Thus,
Christ, the inhominated God, we have been given the full disclosure of the Holy Trinity, as far as this is possible to our human capacities and limitations and as far as we are worthy to receive it.