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10 Weeks on the Trinity: More Than A Riddle

Matthew Barrett believes that we have conflated who the triune God is in and of himself with how he acts in salvation history. In his fourth lecture in the new Trinity Course through the FTC institute, Barrett distinguishes between processions and missions, between imminent and economic Trinity. While the temporal missions of the Trinity manifested in the gospel reveal truth about the eternal processions of the Trinity, we must be careful not to merge or confuse the two. We must distinguish between the imminent – who our triune God is apart from the created order –  and the economic – how this triune God acts toward his created order. In so doing, we will break the modern habit to “historicize” the eternal, infinite Trinity. The economic reveals but does not constitute the imminent Trinity.

Join Dr. Barrett to learn key trinitarian concepts, which can safeguard us from future Trinity drift and help us find our way home to a biblical and orthodox understanding of the Trinity. Sign up for the full course through the For the Church Institute. And if you enjoy this first lecture then read chapter 5 of his book, Simply Trinity: The Unmanipulated Father, Son, and Spirit (Baker).

Unit 4: Introduction

Matthew Barrett

Matthew Barrett is the editor-in-chief of Credo Magazine, director of the Center for Classical Theology, and host of the Credo podcast. He is professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the author of several books, including Simply Trinity, which won the Christianity Today Book of the Year Award in Theology/Ethics. His new book is called The Reformation as Renewal: Retrieving the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. He is currently writing a Systematic Theology with Baker Academic.

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