Systematic Theology Series: The Doctrine of the Trinity
Recap from February 9, 2014
Living in the day of social media, we are given a more frequent look into some people’s personal lives than we otherwise might have been given. Some people take the liberty to fill their personal facebook profiles with detailed information of themselves, offering thorough descriptions of their personality, relationships, preferences, and convictions. Others prefer to leave their online profiles mostly blank or their online presence nonexistent altogether.
When we studied General Revelation, we noted that God chose to reveal Himself to humanity. But we might then ask whether God chose to disclose to humanity a sparse description of Himself with minimal details, or if He gave us a detailed look into His essence and being as the God of the Universe. As we read scripture, we find that He has revealed to us what He is like—He is one God in three Persons. The God of the Bible is an eternally triune God.
Scripture teaches two primary truths as it concerns God’s being and personhood: (1) God is one (Deut 4:35; 6:4-5; Is 45:5-6; Romans 3:29-30; 1 Tim 2:5; James 2:19), and (2) There are Three Who are God (Gen 1:26; Matt 3:16-17; 28:19; Jude 20-21). We noted that while this reality is difficult to grasp, it is not illogical since scripture always consistently presents God in this way without any contradiction.
If you’ve been following our study of systematic theology, you’ll recall our discussion in December concerning the Incomprehensibility of God. If, as we noted, one of God’s attributes is that of incomprehensibility (Psalm 139:6; 145:3; 147:5; Isaiah 55:9; Romans 11:33; 1 Cor 2:10-11), then we should expect truths about God to stretch our minds and humbly remind us of our human frailty. And that is precisely what the doctrine of the Trinity does for the humble reader of scripture.
In our February study we looked at the doctrine of the trinity as presented throughout scripture and observed a few basic heresies from the last 1500-2000 years, which have continued to surface to this day. We further noted that despite good intentions, an effort to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity by means of analogy often better results in demonstrating a heretical view than an orthodox one. We concluded by noting that the Trinity reminds us of God’s surpassing greatness and of our need to trust His Word as our ultimate authority.
The PowerPoint notes from our study are available below for download. If you happened to miss our study, you can still catch it by clicking the audio mp3 play button below. Join us again on March 2 as we continue our study in theology by observing the Creation of the Universe.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”