Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | June 22, 2006

The Solution to the Problem

It’s been a pretty bust week and I’ve been prevented from preparing entries.  There are a lot of things going on in life and all around the world.  In the next several weeks I will be assisting in leading a Bible study while the current leader attends to family business.  At the end of next month I will begin my first real class in seminary, Greek.  Although, this is kind of an accelerated class it will allow me to take most of my required language classes this year.  Lord willing this will not be too much for me and I’ll be able to get through. However, this may allow much less time to continue posting entries on this site.  So we’ll see how it goes. 

Today we will continue in our overview of the doctrine of the Trinity, which began almost two weeks ago on 6/10/06.  During this time we have established that Scripture supports the belief in one God, the belief that Christ is God and the belief that the Holy Spirit is God.  For those who take the Scriptures seriously this creates a dilemma by presenting an apparent contradiction.  The fathers at the council of Nicea confronted this dilemma, which had been wrestled with for a few centuries.  The outcome of this council was to affirm the solution that had developed over the centuries as orthodoxy and condemn the heresy known as Arianism.  This solution, known as the Trinity, is comprised of affirming that God is one in essence or being, yet three in person or subsistence.  These three are the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who are distinct person or subsistence, yet one in essence or being. 

Although, the reality of this truth is unfathomable to truly comprehend to the human mind, the formula is not a contradiction, illogical or irrational.  This doctrine provides the solution to the apparent problem by harmonizing the revelation we are given in Scripture.  For example:

John 1:1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 

It denies polytheism and affirms the divinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit at the same time.  It also denies the modalistic heresy, which resolves the problem by claiming that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are the one God being manifest in three separate modes. This teaching is refuted by the appearance of all three persons of the Godhead at the Baptism of our Lord.   

This doctrine is essential to our faith and unless you affirm this doctrine you are not truly a Christian.  Since every Christian is baptized in the name of our Triune God, it’s kind of hard to deny it as a reality:   

Matthew 28:19:  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit… 

In the next entry we will begin an overview of the Belgic Confession, which is a summary of the Reformed faith.  The confession begins with the attributes of God, which will be helpful to explore our understanding of our Triune God.  We will eventually revisit the doctrine of the Trinity in our overview of this confession.  Thus, we will defer any further discussion on this topic until that time.



  1. You are going to take the accelerated Greek class? Wow. Using up all your vacation time? We might want to get together at least once before Aug. to get you ready a bit for what you are in for. What do you think?

  2. Sounds good. Are you coming this Saturday to Sapients?

    I’m curious to know what I am getting into. Don’t worry about vacation…I have so much and I need to use it or lose it.

  3. […] An inerrant Scripture is a critical component to the hermeneutic known as the “analogy of faith”, where we allow Scripture to interpret Scripture.  This principle in understanding the Scriptures relies on the fact that there are no errors or contradictions in Scripture.  Thus, they may be relied upon to have the clear interpret the unclear.  For example, our understanding of the Trinity (the-solution-to-the-problem) is where we allow the clear teachings of Scripture to shape our understanding of the unclear.  This all stem from the affirmation that there are no contradictions within Scripture.  BB Warfield affirms this belief in the following:     […]

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