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“A Continual Enjoyment of the Three-One God”: John Wesley and The Life of God in the Soul

“A Continual Enjoyment of the Three-One God”: John Wesley and The Life of God in the Soul

David McEwan
Nazarene Theological College

Abstract: John Wesley believed that the God-human relationship was centred in love and trust, rather than an intellectual comprehension of propositional truths about God. His interest in the doctrine of the Trinity was not speculative but practical. From his studies of Scripture and the rich tradition of the church, he believed that the God’s essential nature is love and all other aspects of his character and work must flow from, and be in harmony with this. The gift of salvation is described as the indwelling presence of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the heart that enables the restoration of the divine image. This led him to affirm the centrality of ‘heart religion’, with its strong relational emphasis, as the essence of genuine Christianity. In the pastoral task of guiding his people in their spiritual development, he emphasised God’s transforming work is best accomplished by a full awareness and personal experience of divine love.