In the works of Jurgen Moltmann, there is a continual working with the Trinity and the narratives of each of these three persons. Each, for the missional church has a story to tell. Each is a sender, and each is sent.
As I read it, this is Guder’s estimation of what yet needs to be developed in regards to Trinitarian theology and the implications for missional ecclesiology:
- What does it mean that:
- The church bears the stamp of the “eternal community”?
- That God is and characterizes the eternal mutual sending that characterizes that divine communion?
- What does Jesus mean for quest “b” (above)?
i. Jesus can and doeas say he will send Advocate (Jn )
ii. But it was the Spirit that baptized Jesus, led (sent?) him into the wilderness; filled him with power in proclamation (Lk , 4:1,14); and Jesus acknowledged the Spirit’s anointing (Lk -21).
- Interprocession: “This mutuality in sending or ‘interprocession’ marks the divine communion as a communion of mission and this in turn leaves its mark on the church.
- Moltmann, History and the Triune God (HTG), pg 68f, regarding interprocession..
i. It is the direct reversal of the monarchial trinity
ii. “from below” mediated by the HS
iii. Interprocession includes the formation of human communities and thus “we are not only representing God before the world (apostolicity) but the world before God (a.k.a. intercession, or vicariousness?)
- Interprocession calls for an “open trinity” (contrasting stasis shaped circular or triangular trinities)
i. Open trinity – moves from theory of God’s nature to a soteriological theory a bout our and creations fellowship in God (Trinity and the Kingdon, Moltmann pg 94-96)
ii. Open trinity moves to sharing in the trinity in experience and fellowship. Here Moltmann uses Berdyaev’s reflection from Eastern Orthodoxy on the “tragedy in God” as a shared (perichoreitc) reality.
- Implications for Ecclesiology are:
- Choice of narrative to form us being balanced in the trinity? For instance, not just WWJD, but what would God hope for? What will the Spirit draw out?
- Reconsideration of certain hermeneutics – for instance is John 14:1-12 a description of Jesus going to heaven to build some mansions for us in the great by and by, or, is it a foretelling in Johnanine style of Acts 1-2 and the many mansions are the manifold ecclesia and koinonia formed at the Spirit’s prompting?
- What does this say about the spiritual history of different ecclesias and their bridges and connections with each other?
i. Do we have many participants in one sending?
ii. Many sendings and many participants?
iii. How are we in this missional task together (Eph 4:1-5)
iv. How do we share in this missional task, not as an exercise in being “tolerant” or politically correct, but actually reflecting the trinity?