Anyone familiar with boating knows the dangers of drifting. It can seem slight, but if not corrected, over time it will take you far off course. Matthew Barrett joins Gary Wilkerson to discuss the dangerous drifts taking place within the church’s understanding of the Trinity. Developing a proper doctrine of the Trinity will take work but it will be worth the effort.
In the last century, the modern church has drifted from, and even discarded, some key doctrines that have defined our biblical understanding of the Trinity.
The Son is eternally begotten from the Father. There has never been a time when the Son was not the Son.
If we are not careful, we might try to manipulate the Trinity for our own societal agendas and create the Trinity in our image.
We must not drift into a tritheistic view of the Trinity—seeing Father, Son and Holy Spirit each as three distinct and separate gods.
The oneness and unity of the Trinity is much more than the closeness and working together that we experience between as humans.
Father, Son and Spirit each have the fullness of all the divine attributes—omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscient, etc.
Developing a proper understanding of the Trinity will take work but it will be worth it.
John 1:1; John 10:30; John 17:21; 1 Corinthians 1:24; John 14:26; Jeremiah 9:23-24
Matthew Barrett is Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine. He is the author of several books, including None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God; God's Word Alone; Canon, Covenant and Christology; 40 Questions About Salvation; Salvation by Grace; Owen on the Christian Life; Reformation Theology; and The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls. He is the series editor of The 5 Solas Series with Zondervan. He is also the host of the Credo Podcast where he talks theology with the best theologians today about the most important doctrines of the Christian faith.
Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.