As the sun gives of itself – its own light and warmth – in shining on us, so God gives us himself and the blessedness he has always enjoyed. He does so in giving us his Son, and he does so in giving us his Spirit.
This is one of those truths that is a bit like silver – easily tarnished and covered with grime. When Christians talk of God giving us ‘grace’, for example, we can quickly imagine that ‘grace’ is some kind of spiritual pocket-money he doles out.
Even the old explanation that ‘grace’ is ‘God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense’ can make it sound like stuff that God gives. But the word ‘grace’ is really just a short-hand way of speaking about the personal and loving kindness out of which, ultimately, God gives himself.
— Michael Reeves, The Good God, page 69 (known as Delighting in the Trinity in the USA)