It is this one and true living God who in a concrete historical framework sends Hisson, Jesus Christ, who now makes the almighty God known and experienced as"Father". Jesus continues to emphasise the uniqueness and oneness of God but alsounderlines that he has a unique relationship with this God – he is the Son of God.Jesus, who is able to call God "father" because he is the only begotten Son of theFather, also allows us to relate to God with the intimate title of "abba" which means"father". In fact even though the word "abba" is an Aramaic word meaning father itcarries with it a nuance of familiarity and intimacy bringing it close, in meaning to theterm "daddy". With Jesus, not only can we pronounce the name of God, but we arenow commanded to pray using this intimate name for God. This was unheard of for the Hebrew people who would not dare even to pronounce the name of God let alonerefer to him as "abba".Furthermore, by the sending of the Spirit, we can continue to this day to refer to Godas "father and therefore can dare to pray in the following manner: "Our Father inheaven…": on this way making us also sons of God.
"For when the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that wemight receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sentthe Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying "Abba! Father!". So throughGod you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son then an heir
(of theeternal kingdom of God).
In stressing the personal dimension of God, the Church wanted to show that wecannot draw near to God simply by learning certain facts about Him. That is to saythat since God is a person, knowing him implies much more than being able toreiterate certain facts. Rather we approach God by means of a personal encounter and experience with him. Since the one God is our Father – a person, not an idea -we are called to place our trust and hope in him and ultimately to love Him just likewe do other persons around us. And even though today we may not have directlyencountered the historical person of God as revealed in his Son Jesus, slowly wesurrender ourselves in trust since others before us, whom we consider trustworthy –the apostles, fathers, prophets and saints of our Church – guarantee his credibility. Inthis endless journey of lesser to greater trust in this personal meeting with God, thebirth of love gives rise to an absolute surrender, self-offering and uninterruptedastonishment at the unquenchable thirst for God where intellectual and logicalcertainties become superfluous.In contemplating this mystery of who God is we therefore come to conclude that Godis personal; he is Father. And this leads us to the claim that God is at same time onein three persons and three persons yet one God. However, how this is so we willexamine in later issues of this column.