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The Holy Trinity in Christian Life

The new com­mand­ment of Chris­t­ian life is “to be per­fect as your heav­en­ly Father is per­fect” (Mt 5:48). It is to love as Christ him­self has loved. “This is my com­mand­ment, that you love one anoth­er as I have loved you” (Jn 15:12). Men can­not live the Chris­t­ian life of divine love in imi­ta­tion of God’s per­fec­tion with­out the grace of the Holy Spir­it. With the pow­er of God, how­ev­er, what is impos­si­ble to men becomes pos­si­ble. “For with God all things are pos­si­ble.” (Mk 10:27)

The Chris­t­ian life is the life of God accom­plished in men by the Spir­it of Christ. Men can live as Christ has lived, doing the things that he did and becom­ing sons of God in Him by the pow­er of the Holy Spir­it. Thus, once more, the Chris­t­ian life is a Trini­tar­i­an life.

By the Holy Spir­it giv­en by God through Christ, men can share the life, the love, the truth, the free­dom, the good­ness, the holi­ness, the wis­dom, the knowl­edge of God Him­self. It is this con­vic­tion and expe­ri­ence which has caused the devel­op­ment in the Ortho­dox Church of the affir­ma­tion of the fact that the essence of Chris­tian­i­ty is “the acqui­si­tion of the Holy Spir­it” and the “deifi­ca­tion” of man by the grace of God, the so-called theo­sis.

The saints of the Church are unan­i­mous in their claim that Chris­t­ian life is the par­tic­i­pa­tion in the life of the Blessed Trin­i­ty in the most gen­uine and real­is­tic way. It is the life of men becom­ing divine. In the small­est aspects of every­day life Chris­tians are called to live the life of God the Father, which is com­mu­ni­cat­ed to them by Christ, the Son of God, and made pos­si­ble for them by the Holy Spir­it who lives and acts with­in them.