Monday, January 23, 2012

Are we Trinitarian enough?

Last week, I posted a series of wise quotes from Sinclair Ferguson, including this one which has stuck with me:

"We actually think that the Holy Trinity is the most speculative and the least practical doctrine of our theology. But those who are wiser than we, believe it is the least speculative and the most practical. And the one who most believed that was of all the theologians... was the Lord Jesus Christ." 
But also this one along the same lines:
"The reason that most of us as evangelicals have so little time for the early fathers is because we would never be so worked up about Christology as they were and we would never be so worked up about the Trinity as they were. Which means if its true we are the ones verging on heresy."  --Sinclair Ferguson

Why is it today that of all the topics that evangelicals spend so much time discussion, meditating on an policing our Biblical understanding, we give the least amount of time to one of the most central matters of orthodoxy: The Trinity? 

Ask most Christians and they can give you Biblical arguments for a wide range of topics and a host of subjects. But when it comes to a simple Biblical explanation and reflection on the Trinity--there is little meditation or consideration into his practicality for all areas of doctrine.

Of course, or doctrinal statement reflect an understanding of the Trinity. In our written confession we articulate the Trinity. But is the average really Trinitarian in a way that shapes their theology, their thinking, their prayers and meditations and their heart?

Even more we love debating positions on alcohol, sex, abortion, and a whole host of topics that are important issues to take stands on. But we rarely enjoy talking about the Trinity.

Our are prayers sufficiently Trinitarian? Do we consider our communion to be with the Triune God? Do we see how each of the persons work distinctly in the accomplishment and application of redemption? Do we see together their unity in the work of salvation--so that taken as a whole the work is indivisible?

Is our worship and practical devotion shot through with Trinitarian thinking? Does uniqueness of God's Trinitarian being enrapture our heart?

The Trinity should be like jet propellant to how we think, act and worship as evangelicals--as Christians. It seems to me we are contented in our day to relegate to a statement on the page of our doctrine but necessarily something that courses through our veins. Our thought-life and devotional life should be such that that if pricked, we would bleed the Trinity. This then begs the question: are we really as God-centered and gospel centered as we claim to be?

How can be better recover this centrality of the Trinity in our doctrine and in our life?

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