When we get very 'Eastern' in our theology
we tend to have a lot of uses of 'perichoresis' and 'koinonia' and things like that
but a loss of hierachical structure
the Father is in the Son and the Son in the Father
but isn't this not differently so?
the Father is completely in the Son, that the Son becomes His image,
but the Father is not the Son's image
put it this way...
everything about the being of a tree is within the branch
but the branch is also within the tree, yet differently so
So the Spirit comes from the Father to the Son
from the Son to the church
yet He does not 'flow' back in the same manner,
it is quite different
The Word does not return to Him void...
i.e. The Spirit fills up the Word, and the Word returns with the ful-filled Spirit
it is a different dynamic
how does it work in reverse? i.e. what is the dynamic of the Spirit from the Son (or church) to the Father - don't know
all through the Spirit.. but differently
Jonathan Edwards in His Trinity essay basically explains that the ontology of the Son is begottenness, and of the Spirit is procession
the Son is only God because He is God from God
The Spirit is only God because He proceeds from God to the begotten God
Yet the Father is only Father because He begets and out of Him the Spirit proceeds
their ontology is Trinitarian.. there is no separate 'being' without each other
ok enough rambling.. i'm confusing myself
there is application to this..
how do we relate to each other, and to Jesus, and to the Father...
How do we find intimacy in Him and each other...
we need to understand what the Spirit is doing