Why Does the Trinity Matter? (Part 4)

Ken Samples

READ : John 14:15-21 I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor. (v. 16, NIV) Though all three persons of the Godhead are coequal in power, glory, and majesty, they nonetheless submit and defer to one another. For example, the Father has decreed that all creatures should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. The Son submits to the will of the Father, places all glory at the Father’s feet, and focuses attention on …

Why Does the Trinity Matter? (Part 3)

Ken Samples

READ : John 14:22-26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things. (v. 26, NIV) A member of my church once asked me to describe the practical implications of the doctrine of the Trinity. I suggested that one could begin with the divine act of creation. God did not need to create the universe, for he was in no way desperate or incomplete in personhood or being. After all, …

Why Does the Trinity Matter? (Part 2)

Ken Samples

READ : John 15:22-27 I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth. (v. 26, NIV) Knowing God as Trinity yields insights of which unitarian concepts of God have no idea. For example, the greatest of the church fathers, St. Augustine (A.D. 354-430), explained in his monumental work On the Trinity that only a God who has plurality within unity can adequately account for the fact that God is love. If God is a single solitary person, …

Why Does the Trinity Matter? (Part 1)

Ken Samples

READ : Galatians 4:1-7 God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts. (v. 6, NIV) Too many Christians, living as functional Unitarians, fail to recognize the Trinity’s relevance to their Christian faith and life. The doctrine of the Trinity is crucial because it reveals what and who God really is – one God in three persons. Who would not want to know and understand, though in an obviously limited way, God’s nature as he truly is? Furthermore, an …

What We Believe (Part 2)

Ken Samples

READ : Jude 17-23 Pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourself in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. (vv. 20-21, NIV) Thinking clearly about Christian truth is critical. Let’s consider what Christians believe about the Trinity by making three more points. First, the persons of the Trinity are equal in attributes, nature, and glory. While Scripture points to a subordination among the divine persons in terms of position or role, there is absolutely …

What We Believe (Part 1)

Ken Samples

READ : John 16:1-7 Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. (v. 7, NIV) Because the Christian vision of God is unique, mysterious, and inscrutable to the finite mind, it is often misunderstood and misrepresented. Let’s briefly examine what Christians do and do not believe by underscoring three points. First, Christians believe in only one God. Trinitarianism is a unique type of monotheism, and the underlying …