Thursday, February 25, 2016

Bavinck on the Trinity

Bavinck reminds us that precision regarding the Trinity is important:

“Like the gods in polytheism, humans are of like substance but not of the same or of one substance.  Human nature as it exists in different people is never totally and quantitatively the same.  For that reason people are not only distinct but also separate.  In God all this is different.  The divine nature cannot be conceived as an abstract generic concept, not does it exist as a substance outside of, above, and behind the divine persons.  It exists in the divine persons and is totally and quantitatively the same in each person.  The persons, though distinct, are not separate.  They are the same in essence, one in essence, and the same being.  They are not separated by time or space or anything else.  They all share in the same divine nature and perfections…Consequently, there is in God but one eternal, omnipotent, and omniscient being, having one mind, one will, and one power.”[1]

[1] Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, vol 2 pg. 300.