We are now entering the third phase. In this phase we will come to know God as a spirit of love. This is a most glorious phase, as God is in essence spirit and we are now to know Him as such.
What does it mean to know God as a spirit? Why is it so glorious? The best way I can explain it is as follows. As a youth many of us have had very romantic ideas of love, mostly dreams of pure love as young people tend to do. When you had your first girlfriend (or boyfriend) and you held her (or him) close was there not a yearning that your two souls could merge? Would you hold each other tight (or dream of such) whereby you could not get close enough to each other? (I am not talking here of any sexual desire - although this may have been mixed in - but rather of a spiritual yearning). Of course, two people cannot get so close that they feel as if they are two souls in love in the same body (so to speak). But with God this is possible. Knowing God as a spirit allows such a union. God, as person, as a spirit of love, can merge with you in this way, and your highest dreams of close, intimate love can become reality. With God, you can in the most pure and beautiful way , merge in complete trusting love as though the two of you are really joined as one person in beautiful love - in the closest most intimate, most glorious way. I think this is why God is referred to in the bible as the 'bridegroom' - a bridegroom in a spiritual, not a physical, sense - someone to whom you can give your heart to totally, trust completely, and who - as a bonus - can protect or comfort you through any eventually. With such a spiritual union you can never be alone, never feel unloved, or unable to love someone, no matter how dire or unpleasant your physical circumstances are. Can you not also see that with such a union fear of anything is impossible? Is this not glorious? What could be more glorious than to be hopelessly in love, yet have the closest possible relationship with your lover (and in the purest possible form) from who you can never be separated? How could one want more? What greater freedom could one have from fear and loneliness, from depression? Freedom from all the worst blights of human existence and consciousness.
To achieve this God must do something equally glorious. He must perform the ultimate act of alchemy. He must take the most base of metals and convert it in to the purest gold. Because of course God, with the highest, most beautiful and most pure love, cannot possibly merge with the basest of hearts. But this is a journey everyone must choose to embark upon him or herself. And it is not an easy one. But the rewards, as I have described, make it a journey worth taking. One could in fact ask - why would you waste your time walking any other path?