Quotes On The Doctrine Of The Trinity
Quotes On The Doctrine Of The Trinity
Now that doctrine of the Trinity often seems a very perplexing subject. And no wonder; I for one should be very much surprised if when the truth about God is reached we should not find something which is very perplexing to human minds and something which betrays the poverty of human speech. I expect the truth about the infinite God will always tax the fullest resources of finite minds and tongues and still leave men wondering, pondering and adoring.Ignatius
There is then one God the Father, and not two or three; one who is; and there is no other beside Him, the only true God. 'hath not one God created us? Have we not all one Father?' And there is only one Son, God the Word, 'The only-begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father.' And again, 'One Lord Jesus Christ.' And there is also one Paraclete. 'For there is one Spirit since we have been called in one hope of our calling.' And again 'We have drunk of one Spirit.' ... And it is manifest that all these gifts possessed by believers worketh one and the self-same Spirit. There are not then either three Fathers or three Sons or three Paracletes but one Father, one Son, and one Paraclete. Wherefore also the Lord, when He sent forth the apostles to make disciples of all nations, commanded them to baptize in the 'name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost' (Matt. 28:19), not unto one person having three names, nor unto three persons who became incarnate, but into three possessed of equal honor.J.I. Packer
God is Triune; there are within the Godhead three Persons; the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost; and the work of salvation is one in which all three act together, the Father purposing redemption, the Son securing it, and the Spirit applying it.Klaas Runia
The Biblical roots of this doctrine had nothing to do with philosophical speculation: it was born out of the heart of the Christian faith - what was believed about Jesus Christ. It was the coming of Jesus which set in motion the transformation of Jewish monotheism into the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. The same is true of the way this belief developed in history. The church of the first three centuries did not engage in controversies about the Trinity because it was fond of speculation...
Precisely in this doctrine it becomes clear that God is truly the living God, the God who has life in himself, literally full of life. Some of the early church father used a remarkable expression. They said God is 'fertile.' Within the three-in-one God are all the possibilities of person-to-person communication. God in no way needed His creation... The doctrine of the Trinity is the end of all pantheism. If in the depth of His own being God is three-in-one He does not need this world in order to come to his full potential.Dorothy Sayers
These three are one, each equally in itself the whole work whereof none can exist without the other... If you were to ask a writer which is the 'real book' - his idea of it, his activity in writing it or its return to himself in power, he would be at loss to tell you. Each of them is the complete book separately; yet in the complete book all of them exist together. He can be an act of intellect 'distinguish the persons' but he cannot by any means 'divide the substance.' How could he? He cannot know the idea except by the power interpreting his own activity to him; he knows the activity only as it reveals the idea in power; he knows the power only as the revelation of the idea in the activity. All he can say is that these three are equally and eternally present in his own act of creation, and at every moment of it, whether or not the act ever becomes manifest in the form of a written or printed book. These things are not confined to material manifestations; they exist in - they are - the creative mind itself.Francis Schaeffer
Every once in a while in my discussions someone asks me how I can believe in the Trinity. My answer is always the same. I would still be an agnostic if there were no Trinity, because there would be no answers. Without the high order of personal unity and diversity as given in the Trinity, there are no answers.Dr. George Smeaton
The doctrine of the Trinity is not so much a point among many as the very essence and compendium of Christianity itself. It not only presents a lofty and sublime subject of contemplation to the intellect, but furnishes repose and peace to the heart and conscience. To explain this mystery is not our province. All true theologians ... have universally accepted it as their highest function simply to 'conserve the mystery'...Tertullian
In that all are of one unity [that is] of substance; while the mystery of the dispensation is still guarded which distributes the unity into a Trinity, placing in their order the three persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; three, however, not in condition, but in degree; not in substance, but in form; not in power, but in aspect; yet of one substance, and of one condition and of one power inasmuch as He is one God from whom these degrees and forms and aspects are reckoned under the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost....Dr. Nathan Wood
Did the NT writers get the triunity from the universe? Is it a conscious speculation? ... There is no evidence for such an origin... There is no attempt in any way to compare the triunity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with space or matter or time or anything in man... Indeed there is no theoretical triunity in the New Testament. The presentation of the Trinity is simple, natural, matter-of-course, a phrase here, an allusion there, now a characteristic, now a relationship as it happens in connection with other things and topics. Indeed the Trinity there occurs largely in the sayings of Jesus and in His simplest, most personal talk about his Father and Himself and about the Holy Spirit... This triunity of the Bible evidently did not come by human speculation to be so exactly what the universe requires.