Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | November 23, 2006

The Economic Trinity

Well, we haven’t checked in for a while and thought it would be appropriate to take a break a say Happy Thanksgiving.  Certainly, as one who has been forgiven so much, I have a lot to be thankful for all the time.  God’s grace is truly amazing. 

For the next few weeks, entries will continue to be sparse as the end of the semester approaches.  However, in our last entry we discussed Article 9 of the Belgic Confession (the-analogy-of-faith) that affirmed the Scriptural witness of the Trinity.  As indicated then we would like to introduce the concept of the Economic Trinity before moving on to Article 10 of the confession.


Essentially, the Economic Trinity defines the roles that each of the Persons of the Godhead posses in the role of redemption.  I believe this term is synonymous with the Covenant of Redemption (maybe our friend who is currently writing a paper on this topic could chime in and confirm).  The roles performed by the Persons of the Godhead in redemption are as follows:  1. The Father chooses all that will be saved and sends His Son into the world to save them.  2.  The Son is sent into the world to redeem those people and secure there salvation.  3.  The Holy Spirit regenerates or creates faith within the individuals, which necessary for them to enter into salvation.


Ephesians 1:3-14 may be the best single passages, which supports the concept of the Economic Trinity:


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.


1 Peter 1:2 also provides a good support for this view as well:


Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.


There are other Scriptures that support the individual roles such as the Son John 3:16-17 and the Spirit John 3:5-6, just for another couple of examples. 

These roles in no way imply a real subordination amongst any Person within the Godhead.  They are co-equal Persons that are neither lesser or inferior to any of the others.  However, these roles are mutually agreed to among the members of the Trinity.  This agreement (covenant) only establishes a priority among the members that does not compromise their co-equality.

Well that will have to do for now next we will cover Article 10 of the Belgic Confessions.  And probably there will be a few entries on Colossians before we actually get there.  Happy Thanksgiving


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