Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield On The Doctrine Of The Trinity -- By: Fred G. Zaspel

Journal: Southern Baptist Journal of Theology
Volume: SBJT 21:2 (Summer 2017)
Article: Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield On The Doctrine Of The Trinity
Author: Fred G. Zaspel


Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield On The Doctrine Of The Trinity

Fred G. Zaspel

Fred G. Zaspel is Pastor of Reformed Baptist Church of Franconia, Pennsylvania and Adjunct Profressor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned his PhD at the Free University of Amsterdam where he wrote a dissertation on B. B. Warfield. He is the author of a number of books including Warfield on the Christian Life: Living in Light of the Gospel (Crossway, 2012), The Theology of B. B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary (Crossway, 2010), and co-author with Tom Wells, New Covenant Theology (New Covenant Media, 2002). Dr. Zaspel is also the Executive Editor of “Books at a Glance.”

Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield (1851-1921) left his lasting impress on Reformed theology most famously in his careful exposition and defense of the doctrine of inspiration, but he also made important contributions in Christology and other areas of doctrine. With the recent rise of interest in Warfield (indeed, in all things Old Princeton) his understanding and treatment of the doctrine of the Trinity has gained increasing and deserved recognition, not always with complete agreement but consistently with great appreciation. His famous ISBE article on the Trinity1 repays careful reading always, as does his in-depth contextual analysis of Tertullian’s2 and Calvin’s3 doctrine of the Trinity. His theological exposition of the apostle Paul’s common expression, “God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”4 reveals the Princetonian’s keen exegetical eye and is rich with Trinitarian implications also. Beyond his many studies on God, the Holy Spirit, and especially the person of Christ all constitute a gold mine of exegetical, historical, and theological reflection of value for Trinitarian studies.5

Warfield On The Revelation Of The Doctrine Of The Trinity

Warfield is eager to remind us that the Triunity of God is God’s highest and most profound self-revelation. In the created order we see God’s wisdom, power, and glory. In the Old Testament revelation we learn, further, that God is one, that he is personal, righteous, sovereign, and merciful.6 And of course all this is only heightened and clarified in the New Testament revelation. But in the New Testament the most significant advance on the previous revelation is in regards to the pe...

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