Yale University Press,— In many ways, this is part and parcel of his entire theological project. But if it be meant that the real attributes of God, viz. This key statement sets the stage for all that follows.
The same I suppose is signified by the various beautiful colors reflected from the precious stones of the breastplate, and that these spiritual ornaments of the Church are what are represented by the various colors of the foundation and gates of the new Jerusalem Rev.
Edwards sees this as an agreement, however, only between two persons, the Father and the Son. And 1 John 4: The Holy Ghost is the sum of all good things.
The Personhood of the Spirit Edwards was writing in an age of anti-Trinitarian sentiment and so was keen to emphasise the distinct personhood and deity of the Holy Spirit.
There must be a duplicity. Scripture, he is convinced, teaches both.
Nevertheless, we are right to emulate Edwards in preserving the shared divine worth of the Three Persons while seeing biblical subordination between them. Christ purchased for us that we should have the favor of God and might enjoy His love, but this love is the Holy Ghost.
Therefore God the Holy Spirit, who proceedeth from the Father, when He has been given to man, inflames him to the love of God and of his neighbor, and is Himself love. He is not created, but always was, is, and is to come.
He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love. So when the Son understands himself, he understands the Father since he is himself the essence of the Father and of the Holy Ghost.
In this way, Reformed thinkers including Edwards speak of the Father and Son making a covenant together to agree to redeem the elect. Paternoster, It is a maxim amongst divines that everything that is in God is God which must be understood of real attributes and not of mere modalities.
And it is as much as to afford the thing purchased, for the glory that belongs to Him that affords the thing purchased arises from the worth of that thing that He affords and therefore it is the same glory and an equal glory; the glory of the thing itself is its worth and that is also the glory of him that affords it.
The honor of the Father and the Son is that they are infinitely excellent, or that from them infinite excellency proceeds; but the honor of the Holy Ghost is equal for He is that Divine excellency and beauty itself.
Understanding and wisdom is in the Father as the Son is in Him and proceeds from Him. While his restatement of Augustinian orthodoxy served the church well during a time of great doctrinal heterodoxy, it created some problems of its own.
So the Holy Ghost, or the divine essence subsisting in divine love, understands because the Son, the divine idea, is in him.
Yale University Press, The catholic faith does not say that God the Father made something, and the Son made some other thing; but what the Father made, that also the Son made, that also the Holy Spirit made.
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct yet inseparable persons; neither ontologically inter-dependent for their possession of the divine attributes nor separable in their operations.
So why does all this concern Edwards? But this shared glory will be manifested in service one to the other in the saving of mankind. The second manner in which An Essay can be found is in various ebook formats like this one.Many often forget that Jonathan Edwards, the much-revered revivalist preacher of the First Great Awakening, was also a rigorous scholar in many fields.
In this essay, he explores the traditional doctrine of the Trinity philosophically and scripturally. An Unpublished Essay on the Trinity JONATHAN EDWARDS.
IT IS COMMON when speaking of the Divine happiness to say that God is infinitely happy in the enjoyment of Himself, in perfectly beholding and infinitely loving, and rejoicing in, His own essence and perfection, and accordingly it must be supposed that God perpetually and eternally has.
Ralph Cunnington, A Critical Examination of Jonathan Edwards’s Doctrine of the Trinity, an article published in Themelios, an international evangelical journal expounding the historic Christian faith.
Jonathan Edwards’s “Observations on the Trinity” (Synopsis) Observations on the Trinity is not to be confused with Jonathan Edwards’s other short piece on the godhead, entitled An Essay on the Trinity, although readers are likely to confuse them easily for two good reasons.
A brief work that is more a collection of thoughts. Edwards seemed to be writing as a means of thinking. It is a very thought provoking read and I recommend it to stir your thoughts about the Trinity/5.
An Essay on the Trinity is one of Jonathan Edwards’s shorter writings and part of his massive corpus of deep thinking about God’s being. Written some time in the ’s (probably) this essay, according to Paul Helm, was most likely held back from publication until long after Edwards’s.Download