Unpublished Essay On The Trinity
Neither are they saying that they worship three Gods. But they are saying that there are three Persons in the Godhead, but one God (I Cor. On what basis can I make such bold (and some may say, dogmatic) claim?
On the basis of this fact: Take, for instance, the idea of general atonement (i.e.
In other words, "the doctrine of grace" is the only theology of salvation that is consistent with the revealed truth that God is triune.
Scripture teaches unequivocally that God is triune.
From passages like Matthew , however, where the Lord commissions the church to baptize " in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost," a formula for expressing this mysterious doctrine emerges. ); "[God] who hath saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began" (2 Tim. What does it mean to say that salvation is God’s work? The economy of the Godhead shines most brilliantly in the work of salvation. By putting these verses together, a composite picture of Trinitarian cooperation in salvation emerges. Again, the reference to sanctification as a work of the Father must be understood in terms of the covenant of redemption before the world began.
Note the distinction between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost implied by the use of the conjunction "and" : "…in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." The language implies that there is a distinction of persons in the Godhead. Jesus did not say "in the names of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Spirit," but "in the name…", singular. It means that God works alone, apart from man’s assistance in the salvation of sinners; therefore, all glory goes to God: "But of Him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is make unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord" (I Cor. It also means that the three Persons of the Godhead work together in the salvation of simmers. There was no conflict, difference of opinion, or disunity within the Godhead in the work of Creation. Note the Divine cooperation expressed in verses like Isaiah , "The Lord God and His Spirit hath sent Me…", and 2 Corinthians , "…God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself…" Nowhere is this scene more vivid than in rich theological passages like Ephesians 1 and Romans 8, where Father, Son, and Spirit are pictured as a Divine Team in their respective covenant activities. - The passages in Peter and Jude present the Father as the Orchestrator of salvation in the covenant. 1:2a), and Sanctification (Jude 1a) refer to the initial act of God whereby He chose those whom He loved and set them apart to salvation before the foundation of the world. Contrary to popular interpretation, "foreknowledge" is not synonymous with the attribute of God’s omniscience, but a relational term expressing the idea of covenant love (Cf. In the same way that the Father "sanctified" the Son (i.e. Jude 1b presents Him as the Warden, who guards the souls He has redeemed.
When properly understood, there is an amazing symmetry and consistency in the historical facts it cites, the ethical standards it upholds, and the theological truths it champions.
Whenever an apparent contradiction occurs, the disharmony is not in God’s book, but in man’s mind.
), not some of the children or most of the children, but every one the Father loved, the Son redeemed, and the Spirit called. " Because salvation is God’s work, the "glorified" at the end of verse thirty are precisely the same people designated as the "foreknown" at the beginning of verse twenty-nine.When a level of consistency is achieved so that the truths fit together in a unified way, like the many pieces of jigsaw puzzle go together to form a big picture, then he can be reasonably certain that his view is correct. Remember, the goal is to understand every truth in the light of every other truth so that a kind of theological unity, consistency, harmony, and symmetry prevails.With that premise, I proceed to state a hypothesis which I will then endeavor to prove: The Biblical doctrine of the Trinity makes the doctrines of unconditional election, particular redemption, irresistible grace, and eternal security a necessity.By defining election in terms of the foreseen faith of the believer, a consistency is reached between the work of the Father and the work of the Spirit, but what about the work of the Son?This position says that the Father chose some, the Son died for all, and the Spirit will call some. Many Christians, I venture to say, believe that God the Father loves all people equally, that God the Son died for all people equally, but that the Spirit will only call those who respond in faith to the gospel.Whatever form it takes - the Father chose all, the Son died for all, but the Spirit will only call some; the Father chose some, the Son died for all, but the Spirit will only call some - the interjection of a human element into the work of salvation contradicts the Biblical testimony concerning the harmony and unity of the Trinity and makes the outcome of salvation vague and uncertain.The old adage puts it succinctly: His people from their sins." Language of certainty like this is unintelligible so long as salvation depends on man at any level. God the Holy Spirit calls that same people from death in sin to life in Christ. Everyone the Father intended to have with Him will be with Him.From start to finish, Salvation is of the Lord, by His free and sovereign grace. Salvation is of the Lord, by free and sovereign grace!Few verses more plainly demonstrate the consistency and continuity of the work of salvation than Romans -31. No other school of thought harmonizes with the other Bible doctrines. The doctrine of the Trinity makes belief in the doctrine of grace the only option for those who would be true to the word of God.General atonement says, "No, for only those who accept His offer will be born again by the Spirit." This position disrupts the unity of the Trinity, for it teaches that the Son died for all, but the Spirit will only call some.What about the popular belief that God chose those He forenew would believe in Him, although He loved the entire human race and made salvation available to them all at the cross?