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Why is the Trinity so important?

September 26, 2011

I’ve just started reading Bruce Ware’s book ‘Father, Son & Holy Spirit‘ which is a highly readable and quite short book on the relationships, roles and relevance on the Christian doctrine of a Triune God. So far it has been really good and Ware gives ten good reasons to spend time thinking about the Trinity other than that it is how God has revealed Himself.

1 ) The doctrine of the Trinity is one of the most important distinguishing doctrines of the Christian faith and therefore is deserving of our careful study, passionate embrace and thoughtful application.

2 ) The doctrine of the Trinity is both central and necessary for the Christian faith to be what it is. Remove the Trinity and the whole Christian faith disintegrates.

3 ) Worship of the true and living God consciously acknowledges the relationship and roles of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

4 ) The Christian’s life of prayer must rightly acknowledge the roles of the Father, Son and Spirit as we pray to the Father, through the Son, in the power of the Spirit.

5 ) The Christian’s growth in Christlikeness or sanctification is rightly understood and enriched when seen as the work of the triune God.

6 ) The triune relationships of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit cause us to marvel at the unity of the triune God.

7 ) The triune relationships of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit cause us to marvel at the diversity within the triune God.

8 ) The triune relationships of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit cause us to wonder at the social relationality of the triune God.

9 ) The triune relationships of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit cause us to marvel at the authority-submission structure that exists eternally in the three Persons in the Godhead, each of whom is equally and fully God.

10 ) The doctrine of the Trinity – one God existing in three Persons in the ways we have described – provides one of the most important and neglected patterns for how human life and human relationships are to be conducted.

Very much looking forward to reading this book and better understanding the nature of God in all of His glory. Has anyone else read anything good on the Trinity?

18 Comments leave one →
  1. September 26, 2011 11:11 am

    This sounds like a book that definitely needs to be on my reading list! One of the best books (fiction) I have read that explored the Holy Trinity was “The Shack”. If you have not read it, my experience with it has been people either love it or hate it – no tepid water here!

    • September 26, 2011 1:51 pm

      Thanks Martha, I know ‘The Shack’ was popular but I’ve heard it’s theology isn’t great. Thanks for stopping by and your recommendation!

  2. September 26, 2011 1:37 pm

    Yes, in terms of good things written about the Trinity, I’ve written something here:

    • September 26, 2011 1:52 pm

      Thanks Kelly, nice to know we agree on this central doctrine. Thanks for stopping by and your comment!

  3. September 27, 2011 3:47 am

    Adding this book to my reading list too! Thanks, Mike! You never disappoint! Love that I found your blog on my own spiritual journey!!!

    • September 27, 2011 1:37 pm

      Thank you Maureen very encouraging comment! 🙂

  4. September 27, 2011 6:03 am

    Hi Mike

    Do read the Shack – it beats theology hands down – not great literature in the 1st half, but a powerful allegory of the shockingness of Divine Love.

    • September 27, 2011 1:41 pm

      Thanks Dylan, though I think theology is important as it helps us to understand God and work with Him and not run after our own whims or fancies. Cheers Mike

  5. September 27, 2011 1:24 pm

    Great job and outline, though I would recommend that you expand the list and take time to explain more on each. I have found as pastor that many people know the basics of the trinity, but they don’t understand the depths. Use what you learn from the book to broaden peoples knowledge. Not everyone will buy a book to read, but a lot will read a blog that is written in segments about a subject or book!

    • September 27, 2011 1:40 pm

      Thanks Keith, hopefully as I go through the book I can write a few more articles detailing other parts. Thanks for stopping by, Mike

  6. September 27, 2011 1:55 pm

    A very well written post, thank you for this Mike. Bright blessings!

  7. September 29, 2011 5:53 pm

    Today is the first time I’ve seen your blog – I will be one of your regular readers now. The fact of the Trinity is always a mystery. A few weeks ago, my pastor did a study on this and used a very simple way to define the undefinable. 1) God is the ‘external’ – Creator of all things, 2) Jesus Christ is the ‘eternal’ – Savior of our souls, and the Holy Spirit is the ‘internal’ – Working His purpose in us.
    Nothing can really explain something that is so wonerful and beyond our tiny, little ability to understand, but it is great to learn as much as we can.
    “The Holy Spirit, Activating God’s Power in Your Life”, by Billy Graham is also a good resource you might like to check out.
    May God continue to bless you as you learn and share.

    • September 29, 2011 8:56 pm

      Thanks Susan for your really encouraging comment 🙂 indeed the Trinity is very powerful and a mystery. Thanks for stopping by!!!

  8. October 1, 2011 10:05 pm

    Sounds like an interesting read. What gets me is how the divine persons have been sharing in the perfect love relationship for all of eternity. And God decided to create us to experience this love, too. Amazing!

  9. October 12, 2011 11:29 pm

    Another book to add to my list of ‘must reads’ 🙂

  10. November 11, 2012 3:37 am

    Check out the classic St Photios ‘Mystagogy of the Holy Spirit’ translated with excellent introduction by Joseph P Ferrel. Understanding the depth behind the Filioque problem really opens ones eyes and heart to the Eastern Emphasis on the Trinity. As my dear professor Fr Andriy Chirovsky points out: In the West God is one and somehow three. In the East God is three and somehow one.

    • November 11, 2012 9:52 am

      Thanks for the pointer, I’d be really interested in understanding the Eastern thought on this subject!

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