I have been working on a sermon in John 5 recently, and I have been reading an interesting work entitled Jesus in Trinitarian Perspective. I haven’t gotten through a lot of it yet, but I have enjoyed its depth and willingness to explore such an important truth. Here is an excerpt stating its goal:
…this book takes seriously the Christian claim that the person called Jesus is a person who is God, and belongs in the Trinity as the eternal second person. He is “the Son” from the formula “the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:20), and he is precisely the same one who went to the cross, undergoing and overcoming death for our salvation. The Christian church has confessed this truth since the early centuries, and finally stated it in classical form at the second council of Constantinople with the slogan, “one of the Trinity suffered in the flesh,” which might be better paraphrased for modern ears as “one of the Trinity died on the cross.” Though the doctrine is biblical, has deep roots in Christian history, and commends itself as reasonable and practical, it has been denied by a variety of modern theologies. Refuting those denials would be a worthwhile task, but the goal of the present book is more constructive, seeking to clarify the doctrine itself for the benefit of those who desire to know what they are believing when they believe (7).
This deliberately interdisciplinary work (9-10) is very helpful both for its content and its format:
- Each chapter begins with a chapter summary, axioms for Christological study, and key terms;
- Each chapter contains a plethora of footnotes with references that are sure to beef up anyone’s library; and
- Each chapter ends with a bibliography for further study and with a few study questions that make the book accessible for a college/seminary course or a very good advanced level lay course.
As I said earlier, I haven’t finished the book yet, so I cannot fully interact with the writers’ development of their messages, but I do encourage you to put this on your wishlist for Christmas. Perhaps this may help us further unpack the implications of the statement, “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.”