The Doctrine Of The Trinity — Part I -- By: Steve Lewis
JODT 12:35 (March 2008) p. 31
The Doctrine Of The Trinity — Part I
Bible teacher, High Peaks Bible Fellowship
The purpose of this article is to present an introduction to the doctrine of the Trinity in addition to an exegesis of a specific passage that provides key facts that must be considered in any systematic treatment of the Trinity. The first part of this article will include the definition and importance of the doctrine, the early historical development of the doctrine, and important theological concepts relating to this doctrine. The second part will undertake an exegetical analysis of a key Scripture passage on the Trinity (John 15:26–27) in order to understand its contribution to this important doctrine.
Introduction To Trinitarianism
The doctrine of the Trinity (or the Triunity) of God is a unique teaching of the Christian faith, and it is a concept that is sometimes difficult for thinking individuals to understand.
In the doctrine of the Trinity, we encounter one of the truly distinctive doctrines of Christianity. Among the religions of the world, the Christian faith is unique in making the claim that God is one and yet there are three who are God. In so doing, it presents what seems on the surface to be a self-contradictory doctrine. Furthermore, this doctrine is not overtly or explicitly stated in Scripture. Nevertheless, devout minds have been led to it as they sought to do justice to the witness of Scripture.1
It is also true that the doctrine of the Trinity is not a product of deductive logic or philosophical reasoning. The mind of man would have never conceived of such a doctrine. “It is important to realize that the doctrine of the Trinity has not been given to the Church by speculative thought. It is not an a priori concept, nor in any sense derived from pure reason. This doctrine has come from the data of historical revelation. In the process of history God has revealed Himself as one God, subsisting in three Persons.”2
JODT 12:35 (March 2008) p. 32
One of the things that must be admitted initially is that an absolute understanding of the Trinity is beyond the ability of the finite mind to comprehend completely.
No man can fully explain the Trinity, though in every age scholars have propounded theories and advanced hypotheses to explore this mysterious Biblical teaching. But despite the worthy efforts of these scholars, the Trinity is still largely incomprehensible to the mind of man. Perhaps the chief reason for this is that the Trinity is a-logi...
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