God is “missional” because he sends and is sent. The Father sends the Son. The Father and Son send the Spirit. The Son sends the church. But does this mean that “sentness” or “missional” is an attribute in the nature of God?
I’m not sure what to conclude on this, but here are some thoughts:
- God’s omnipresence, omnipotence, and omniscience, being, wisdom, holiness, justice, and goodness can all be traced to him pre-creation. Missional cannot.
- But neither can mercy or wrath be displayed or exercised until creation (Rom. 9).
- The Bible never says explicitly “God is missional” in the way it says “God is merciful, compassionate, gracious, etc.”
- It’s clear that within the Trinitarian roles of each person sending or being sent, sentness (mission) is tied to their relationships in redemptive history.
- With all the critique about modernistic (to use fighting words) categorization that puts things in neat boxes, it seems that to fight for mission being God’s attribute as opposed to his function or what he does misses the point.
- The church is still sent by its nature regardless of whether mission/sentness is an attribute of God or a function of God.