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God as Trinity

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Lesson

Triunity describe God’s nature. The concept of the Trinity was foreshadowed in the Old Testament and taught explicitly in the New Testament. Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all active in creation, baptism of Jesus and resurrection of Jesus. The Trinity is three distinct persons with the same essence. The distinctiveness has to do, not with their nature or essence, but with the relations. Person is different than an individual. According to Wesley, the Trinity is an invitation to participate in the deeper life of God. The gospel is the universal love of God, manifested in the person of Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Holiness apart from love can result in legalism. Love apart from holiness can result in sentimentality and wishful thinking. 

Outline

I. PLURALITY OF GOD

A. Biblical foundations

B. Wesley on the Trinity

C. Three distinct persons

D. The Trinity is relational

E. Wesley, the Trinity and the language of holy love

II. UNITY OF GOD

A. Council of Nicaea

B. Council of Constantinople

C. Nicene Creed

D. Three distinct roles

III. GOD IS HOLY LOVE

IV. RETHINKING THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

V. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS