Last week I posted a statement of belief about God (read it here). This week is the same subject but focuses on the nature of God as triune…
The Trinity describes the mysterious nature of God. He is one God for all eternity revealed in three eternally distinct persons. Each person shares in the divine nature yet are distinct in their work. God the Father is the transcendent immortal creator (Job 38:4-15). He sovereignly decrees and orchestrates all that comes to pass in time (Job 20:29; 28:26; 42:2; Ps. 2:7; 57:2; 93:5; 135:6; 148:6; Is. 14:24-27; Eph. 1:11; Heb. 1:3). He is utterly transcendent and holy and apart from special revelation we could never know him. God the Son is the second person of the Trinity (John 1:1). He was sent by the Father to reveal God to man and to secure the salvation of God’s people (1Tim. 1:15). In doing so the fully divine took on a fully human nature in the incarnation (John 1:14). This mystery is known as the hypostatic union and is essential for the work of redemption to have taken place. Finally, the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, unique from both Father and Son yet sharing in the one divine essence (Matt. 3:16-17; Acts 5:4). He was sent by the Son after his ascension into heaven in order to apply the finished work of Christ to God’s people, and to conform each of them into the image of the Son (2Thess. 2:13; 1Pet 1:2).
In the next post I’ll summarize the last two concerning God and his nature and try to answer the question: “So what?”
Grace and Peace!
- Statement of Belief: God (mattmcmains82.wordpress.com)
- Persons, natures, and wills (Trinity and Christology in a nutshell) (bennasmith2.wordpress.com)
- How do we know God is tripersonal? (bennasmith.wordpress.com)