As we begin to mature in Christ, we find that we have begun to relate to others in new ways. We begin to live with others, rather than merely at them. We begin to even exist for rather than continually taking from.
This is a result of being restored into the prepositional life of the Trinity, in which God is to, for, with, and from, while also of and in.
The Gospel speaks of this reality when it tells us that “the Word was with (πρός) God” (John 1:1). This Greek preposition means not simply the accompaniment of being with someone, but that the Word was toward God. The Word existed unto God and for God in such a manner that constituted the metaphysical archetype of all with-ness. To be with,in the true and original sense, is to be toward or unto another.
In the Word’s relation to the Father, all the senses of proximity and relation, spacial or otherwise, have their source.
The same weight may be placed upon Jesus’ use of ‘εν’ when he tells us, “I am in (εν) the Father, and the Father is in (εν) me” (John 14:11).
Prepositional relationality is an expression of the Trinitarian life of God which is constituted of persons in relation.
Prepositions are as you may remember, those little relation words!
They seem the most inconsequential of grammatical elements, but without them our grammatical world is reduced to a mere collection of things which can only exist at or near one another verbally.
So too is the word of things upheld by the prepositional relationality of God.
As we enter into the life of God through Christ, we begin to discover that what was least, those humble relations and modes of being related, were indeed the greatest, and ultimately all was. is, or ever shall be of true consequence.
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