Review: Malcolm Yarnell’s God the Trinity

Disclaimer: B&H Academic provided me with a free copy of this resource in exchange for a review.

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary professor of systematic theology Malcolm Yarnell offers readers an in-depth overview concerning the doctrine of the Trinity in his resource, God the Trinity. Eight chapters each comprise biblical portraits of the Trinity throughout Scripture. Using a combination of Old Testament and New Testament passages including the Great Commission passage in Matthew 28:19, the Shema passage of Deuteronomy 6:4-7, as well as especially touching on various Trinitarian passages throughout the Gospel of John, Dr. Yarnell beautifully offers an in-depth exegesis of biblical texts throughout Scripture, illustrating to readers that the doctrine of the Trinity is indeed biblical, essential, and foundational for the Christian faith, salvation, and the true worship of God.

After a brief prologue, Dr. Yarnell introduces readers to the Trinity through the identity and name of God as Trinity in Matthew 28:19, moving on to include exegesis on worshipping God, God the Trinity as the only God, and a further examination and deeper understanding of the essence of the Trinity. Dr. Yarnell proceeds with examining the economics of the Trinity, specifically how the triune God is at work in creation, finishing up with the God who is coming in an exegesis in Revelation. The resource concludes with a summarization in the epilogue, as well as an appendix of the three primary Trinitarian creeds.

Dr. Yarnell’s resource, God the Trinity, is a beautiful work which drew me closer to God and deepened my understanding of the Trinity and how important the role of the doctrine of the Trinity plays in the Christian faith. As a student who will be beginning a PhD program in systematic theology (likely at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary), Dr. Yarnell’s book deepened my hunger for studying the doctrine of the Trinity and outlined solid areas in which I can use Dr. Yarnell’s work as a stepping stone to immerse myself into additional studies concerning the Trinity. The book is somewhat technical and academic in language and is best appreciated by those who have studied the biblical languages (as I have during my M Div program) and is ideal for a textbook in a class on Trinitarian theology after one as completed a general series of courses in systematic theology. However, the book is approachable enough for those who have not endured formal biblical language study or systematic theology study. Such readers can still read through this masterpiece, gain a deeper understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity, and use the principles in this resource to better articulate a solid, biblical discussion of the importance of the doctrine of the Trinity in the Christian faith. As readers encounter this work, it will draw them near and dear to God and deepen their relationship with God immensely.

I highly recommend this resource first and foremost to students of theology wishing to deepen their understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity, as well as pastors and biblical instructors wishing to articulate a solid biblical message on the importance of the doctrine of the Trinity in the Christian faith. Lastly, I recommend this resource to any Christian wishing to immerse themselves in a solid, in-depth exegesis of key biblical texts concerning the doctrine of the Trinity in order to walk away with a deeper love and worship of our God.

Dr. Yarnell’s book has filled my soul with excitement ready to immerse myself deeper into a love and study of the truth and doctrines of the Word of God, and he has given me a solid hunger for further study concerning the Trinity through his excellent and beautiful study, God the Trinity.

About Nathan Parker

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