The goodness of creation is itself a product of the goodness of the mind of God. If creativity is gratitude that leads to generosity, then creation might just be the result of God’s gratitude for God - an idea that only makes sense if God is three in one. It’s God’s selfless love for God - or more specifically the exchange of love and adoration that happens between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - that leads to gratitude, and that gratitude then leads to the ultimate gesture of generosity: not just creation but the whole storyline of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration… The church fathers called this interchange between the members of the Trinity perichoresis, which suggests something like “sacred dance” and implies the glory-sharing movement from member to member of the Trinity. (Mike Cosper)
Perichoresis is the gracious, and graceful, dance of God in Creation. Have you ever thought about the creation story from Genesis as a dance? Think about the intricacies of the Father speaking light into existence, breathing out stars, hanging the world on nothing, all the while the Son holds everything together. Everything is made through the Word while the Spirit dances on the face of the deep.
Creation is pure grace. God owed us nothing, but made us in his image, and He did all of this in gracious joy. The Triune God had no needs. The Sovereign God had no need for love, community, praise, and joy, for He had all these things in Himself between The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. When God created the world, it was not because He was bored. It was not because he wanted to satisfy some sort of creative itch, no. God created the World because he wanted to share Himself with it.
The doctrine of God’s grace that we celebrate in Jesus Christ began far before the crucifixion. It has been around longer than the Covenants God made with David, Moses, and Abraham. This grace existed even before Adam and Eve plunged paradise into the abyss of sin and death. God’s grace has existed forever, as long as God Himself has been around, and we received our first glimpse of it in a dance way back