• When the wrath of God was poured out for our sins, was the Son of God separated from the Trinity? Question and Answer

    Matthew 27:46

    Absolutely not. We do not see a breakdown of the relationship between the Father and the Son in the sense that the Trinity is somehow breaking apart. That is not what is going on. The language of separation that is used, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me,” describes being under the wrath of God and being separated from the presence of His graciousness. Ultimately, there is nowhere to escape from the presence of God for anyone who is under His wrath. Something quite unique happens at the cross—the eternally beloved One has the wrath of God poured … View Resource

  • What does it mean that the Trinity is three in person but one in essence? Question and Answer

    FERGUSON: By one essence, we mean that God is one being. The word essence comes from the Latin verb esse, “to be,” so what we mean is that He is one being. When we speak about Him as being three persons, the best way to understand the approach the early church had is this: God made us in His image, and because we are His image, there are things about our lives and our world that reflect who He is and what He is like. We have the privilege of using language that is terrestrial because we have no other … View Resource

  • Did believers in the Old Testament have a complete understanding of the Trinity? Question and Answer

    Deuteronomy 6:4

    SPROUL: I don’t think the average New Testament Christian is able to gain a complete understanding of the Trinity. I suppose that what you mean is, “Can you find the Trinity in the Old Testament?” I think you have to be careful about how you understand the Old Testament. The Old Testament, in a progressive fashion, points us to a fuller revelation that comes forth in the New Testament. I don’t think it’s foreign to the Old Testament. It’s the old statement that the New is in the Old concealed, and the Old is in the New revealed. THOMAS: This … View Resource