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Gregory Nazianzen on the Trinity

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This I give you to share, and to defend all your life, the one Godhead and power, found in the three in unity, and comprising the three separately; not unequal, in substances or natures, neither increased nor diminished by superiorities or inferiorities; in every respect equal, in every respect the same; just as the beauty and the greatness of the heavens is one; the infinite conjunction of three infinite ones, each God when considered in himself; as the Father, so the Son; as the Son, so the Holy Spirit; the three one God when contemplated together; each God because consubstantial; one God because of the monarchia. No sooner do I conceive of the one than I am illumined by the splendour of the three; no sooner do I distinguish them than I am carried back to the one. When I think of any one of the three I think of him as the whole, and my eyes are filled, and the greater part of what I am thinking escapes me. I cannot grasp the greatness of that one so as to attribute a greater greatness to the rest. When I contemplate the three together, I see but one torch, and cannot divide or measure out the undivided light. — Gregory Nazianzen, Oration on Holy Baptism

As quoted by Robert Letham in The Holy Trinity.

Written by Scott Moonen

November 25, 2006 at 5:25 am

The Puritans

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puritansLloyd-Jones, The Puritans: Their Origins and Successors. Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1987.

These are a series of lectures Lloyd-Jones delivered at the Puritan Studies and Westminster Conferences. This was my first encounter with Lloyd-Jones, and I enjoyed it very much.

The burdens of Lloyd-Jones that stand out in my memory are:

  1. The stark difference between revival and revivalism, and a need to appeal to God to bring true revival.
  2. The need to avoid dead academic intellectualism in our study of the Puritans and our pursuit of God.
  3. The importance of full-bodied faith as opposed to mere intellectual assent to propositions.
  4. The role of the Holy Spirit in empowering, encouraging, and assuring believers, and the need to earnestly desire that.
  5. The need to break down barriers between Christians that are over unimportant matters (while upholding and defending those matters that are of vital importance).
  6. The need for continued fresh analysis and application of God’s word, rather than unthinking adherence to tradition and habit.
  7. The importance of ”application” in preaching.

Written by Scott Moonen

June 25, 2004 at 6:37 am