As a child, Fred Sanders recalls looking up at the clouds passing in front of the moon and wondering if any of them would ever go behind the moon. Through a series of questions about things Fred already knew about clouds and the moon, a relative helped him realize that he already knew that clouds couldn’t go behind the moon. The same can be true of us and our knowledge of God. Fred Sanders joins Gary Wilkerson to discuss the roles and relationships of Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the Trinity.
Every attribute or perfection of God is equally and identically applicable to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The relation of one person of the Trinity to another is what distinguishes them one from another.
The Holy Spirit is not a subsequent person of the Trinity that has to be received after salvation but is actively involved in the redemptive work of salvation in every believer’s life.
Sometimes the right questions can help us see that we may already know things about God that we didn’t realize we knew.
The Father made the world through the Son, so it makes sense that he would recreate the world through the Son as well.
Even without creation and the need for redemption the Father, Son and Holy Spirit exist in relationship in the Trinity.
Books and teachings on the Trinity can equip you to see the Father, Son and Holy Spirit throughout scripture in ways you hadn’t seen in the past.
John 14:16; Matthew 28:20; Ephesians 4:7-8; Romans 8:9; 2 Peter 3:16
The Deep Things of God by Fred Sanders
The Triune God (New Studies in Dogmatics) by Fred Sanders
The Trinity: An Introduction by Scott R. Swain
Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves
On God and Christ by Gregory of Nazianzus
About Fred Sanders
Fred Sanders is a systematic theologian who studies and teaches across the entire range of classic Christian doctrine, but with a primary focus on the doctrine of the Trinity. Fred has taught in Torrey Honors College since 1999 and is an amateur historian of Biola's institutional history. He is co-founder of the annual Los Angeles Theology Conference and maintains an active internet presence via Twitter and blog. He and his family are members of Grace Evangelical Free Church.
About Gary Wilkerson
Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.