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Are We Forgetting the Trinity? (Podcast)

This message was spoken at Hope church in Tallinn, Estonia on April 23rd, 2014.

Notes:

“We must be willing to admit that, should the doctrine of the Trinity have to be dropped as false, the major part of religious literature could well remain virtually unchanged.” – Karl Rehner

How much of our knowledge of God is Unitarian, when it should be Trinitarian?

How can we know anything about God? If knowledge is knowing the inner being of a person, than how can we know God? Only in a Trinitarian way.

Matthew 11:27

Perichoresis: the theological term describing the inner relationship between the Father, Son, and Spirit.

Karl Barth says: “One cannot speak of God simply by speaking of man in a loud voice.”

Three closing points:

1 – Knowledge of God is achieved only through knowing God in His inner being and relation. i.e. Through knowing Him in a Trinitarian way.

2 – It is through the self-revelation of Christ Jesus that we have an entrance into that closed inner knowing of God. Therefore, Christ is our focus in all theology.

3 – We cannot know God simply by taking human attributes we find admirable and enlarging them to the face of a God. Our terms perfected do not define God, Jesus defines God.

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It is finished – Dr. C Baxter Kruger

Baxter-Kruger-Photo-1aThe Gospel is the astonishing news that something has happened to the Son of God, and the equally astonishing news that in Him something has happened to the human race. If the whole human race fell into ruin in Adam- a creature, a mere man- what happened to the human race in the death of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God? Paul tells us. When Jesus Christ died, we died. But that is only the beginning. When He rose, we rose. He ascended and sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty, the place of honor and love and delight and complete and utter acceptance, and Paul tells us that in HIs ascension we too were lifted up and seated with Him at the Father’s right hand-and there and then welcomed, accepted, embraced forever.

The Gospel is the good news of what became of the Son of God and of what became of us in Him. It is the news that Adam and all of us were crucified with Christ, dead and buried, and on the third day Adam and all of us were quickened with new life and raised with Jesus, and then lifted up to the Father’s right hand in Jesus’ ascension and seated with Christ. 

What happened on the cross? Why did Jesus die? How do we understand the meaning of His death?

The death of Jesus Christ was part of a seamless movement in which the Triune God laid hold of the human race and decisively and sovereignly altered its very existence, cleansing it of all alienation, quickening it with new life and lifting it up into union with the Father, Son, and Spirit.

It is finished. 

(Taken from Dr. C. Baxter Kruger’s brilliant book- Jesus and the Undoing of Adam)

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