Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Not such a stickler - words to describe the Trinity

Calvin's Institutes
Book 1 - Knowledge of God the Creator

The blog titles (not such a stickler) are direct quotes from Calvin...

Chapter 13 - One essence of God, which contains Three Persons
Sections 1-6 - Terms used for the Trinity
Section 5 – Limits and necessity of theological terms
The great teachers – Hilary, Augustine, Jerome, etc. - use such terms as essence and hypostasis differently, aware of the dangers of the terms, yet putting them forward.

Section 6 – The meaning of the most important conception
Person means subsistence, not essence. There is something in each person that is incommunicable to the others.
John 1:1 – “Word was with God” would not make sense with each person as “essence.”

Sections 7-13 – The eternal deity of the Son
Section 7 – The deity of the Word
The ancient prophets spoke by the Spirit of Christ - 1 Pet 1:10-11; 2 Pet 1:21
The worlds were made through Him -Heb 1:3; Prov 8:22ff
“My Father and I have been working” – John 5:17
“And the Word was God” – John 1:1

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