Tuesday, 16 November 2010

The Forgotten Trinity, Jame White :


Biblically speaking, there are three kinds of beings who are personal: God, men and angels. I have being: I exist. Yet I am personal. My being is limited and finite. It is limited to one place geographically speaking, and one time temporally speaking. Despite all the star treck scenarios to the contrary, I am limited to one place at one time. Such is the essence of being a creature. My being is shared by only one person: me. My being, since it is limited, cannot be distributed among two, three, or any more persons. One being, one person: that's what it is to be a human.
What we are saying about God is that His being is not limited and finite like creature's. His being is infinite and unlimited, and hence can, in a way completely beyond our comprehension, be shared fully by three persons, the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit. The divine being is one; the divine persons are three. While the Father is not the Son, nor is the Son the Spirit, each is fully and completely God by full and complete participation in the divine being. Unless we recognize the difference between the terms being and person, we will never have an accurate or workable understanding of the Trinity.

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