Outgoing – Session 4 – 29 September 2011
The Triune God – part two
Compare and contrast the omnibeing with the trinity.
How do these different gods lead to different gospels?
What is our big problem with the Trinity?
We try to reconcile the omnibeing with the Trinity.
We need to replace the omnibeing with the Trinity.
How is God Three?
Eternally distinct Persons.
How is God One?
Eternally united in love
Use of “one” in the Bible: Genesis 2:24; 11:6; 34:16; Exodus 24:3; 26:6; Deuteronomy 6:4; Joshua 9:2; 10:42; 2 Samuel 2:25; 2 Chronicles 5:12; 30:12; Ezra 6:24; John 17:11,20-21
God is one the way a married couple or a united church is one.
Perichoresis – the round dance of the Three!
Arianism: Jesus is not as God as God is God! (JWs)
Modalism: There’s one Person wearing 3 masks (TD Jakes)
Tritheism: There are three Gods doings their own thing.
Almost all analogies are rubbish. But….
Humanity is in the image of God! Genesis 1:26ff.
The Roles of the Persons
2 Corinthians 13:14
Isaiah 11:1-5; Is 42:1-4; Is 48:12-16; Is 61:1-3
The Father is the Loving Sender / Initiator
John 3:16, 35; 1John 4:8-9
The Son is the Beloved and Obedient Sent-One / Executor
Psalm 40:7-8: John 5:30
The Spirit is the Personal Empowerer / Perfector / Applier
Acts 10:38; Romans 8:14-16
All things are FROM the Father,
THROUGH the Son
and BY THE POWER OF the Spirit.
What are the benefits of being explicitly Trinitarian?
Common Objection: “What’s all this nonsense about a trinity? Isn’t it easier to stick to the one God?”
Recommended Reading: 1 John. What does it mean that God is love?