Paterology


The Supremacy of God the Father

The magnificence of God demands that the study of Him requires more than our finite minds can offer. This is certainly true when it comes to studying God as Father, Son and Spirit; God as Trinity. In the first centuries the doctrine was not defined but it was still, simply held. From the beginning the disciples recognized God in Three Persons, One Essence.

John Owen, the Puritan wrote, “the sum of this revelation in this matter is, that God is one ; — that this one God is Father, Son, and Holy Ghost ; — that the Father is the Father of the Son ; and the Son, the Son of the Father ; and the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of the Father and the Son ; and that, in respect of this their mutual relation, they are distinct from each other.” 1

The apostles heard Jesus order them to baptize in the (singular) name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. They heard Jesus proclaim that the Spirit would be another of the same kind. They recognized and rightly worshiped Jesus as fully God. And they heard Jesus proclaim that He and the Father were one, and demonstrate it by His works. Hearing and seeing and experiencing God in the flesh before them as they did, they were led inexorably to the unity of God in trinity.

The Trinity is one of the most boggling concepts in the scripture, and all of our struggles to comprehend it fall short.

One of the most complete statements on the trinity is the Athanasian creed. Written perhaps around 500 AD (up to two hundred years after Athanasius (died Ca 373AD))


The Nature of God the Father II: Eternity

“Hear O Israel! The Lord is our God! The Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and all of your Soul and all of your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-6)

The words of Deuteronomy serve as a fitting backdrop to our study as it gives us purpose in studying the Doctrine and Theology of God Himself. But our study is not unique, in fact through the centuries the church as repeatedly wrestled with the questions of God and salvation. As a result we have several creeds handed down to us which effectively encapsulate the essentials of the faith.

This is why, each week so far we have started with one of the creeds – so that we understand and experience that the Christianity we live in today is the same faith handed down through the years. And thus I invite you again to join me in reading the Nicene Creed…


There is Only One God

For many months now I have had a building desire to both study and preach about one topic in specific which is both simple in it’s specificity and yet intolerably complex to approach. I have a passion to speak to us about the person of God our Father.