Trinity, revelation and OT – 10

You may know that I (sporadically but vigourously!) bang the drum for Christ the eternal Mediator being the deliberately revealed, consciously known object of faith in the Old Testament.  Here are some posts on the issue.

Pete Myers read it and posted this.  And our further discussions are here and here.

By way of some kind of response, here are ten propositions that circle around some of the issues. (Fabricius eat your heart out). 

For those yawning right now, hold on for some grand hilarity next week – I’m on holidays and will post only frivolity.  For those fixing to flex their theological muscles, remember to play nice.

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10. The One is not more ultimate than the Three.  Neither is the immanent something different to what we see in the economic. 

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We haven’t got time to go into these things here (see again here on oneness and threeness or avoiding a fourth). 

But both of the above statements are threatened by a ‘prog rev’ that says God in the OT is immanently triune but economically effectively uni-Personal.

At the end of the day the question must be asked: which is the more thoroughly trinitarian position?

 Position 1) which says this:

 The Father is never known outside of the Son, as the Son is subjectively known by the Spirit. So in the Old Testament believers know the Father, because the Son is making him known, and this can only be believed by faith as the Spirit works in the hearts of Old Testament saints. Let’s call this (A).

However – I simply do not think that that economy of God is clearly revealed in the Old Testament. It is partially revealed in types and shadows, but more fully and perfectly revealed in the New Testament. Let’s call this (B).

 

Or position 2) which says this:

The Father is never known outside of the Son, as the Son is subjectively known by the Spirit. So in the Old Testament believers know the Father, because the Son is making him known, and this can only be believed by faith as the Spirit works in the hearts of Old Testament saints.

This economy is known by the Old Testament saints (as ought to be implied by phrases such as ‘The Father is never known outside of the Son.’)

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Posted on by Glen in covenant continuity, Doctrine of God, Old Testament, revelation, trinity

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  1. Stacey Derbinshire

    I finally decided to write a comment on your blog. I just wanted to say good job. I really enjoy reading your posts.

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    Thanks Stacey. Welcome to the comments section!

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