The Roles of the Father, Son and Spirit in the Gospel

And Other Questions About the Trinity

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The Trinity can be difficult to discuss and understand but Fred Sanders joins Gary Wilkerson to help bring some clarity to the importance of the Trinity and the role that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit each play in salvation.

Key Points from the Podcast

  • The Trinity is essential to salvation. It is a redemptive work of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit all working as one.

  • The full Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—are unified and each uniquely involved in salvation. For example, the Father sent the Son, the Son was incarnate, and now the Holy Spirit indwells God’s children.

  • The one divine nature of the Godhead as eternally existed as the three persons of the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  • In the Incarnation of Christ, the second person of the Trinity, the Son of God, took on a human body, human nature and death in order to save us.

  • The Father, Son and Holy Spirit all share the same attributes, character and nature. For example, the Father is almighty, the Son is almighty, and the Spirit is almighty but there is one Almighty.

  • Our tendency can be to appropriate certain attributes to particular persons of the Trinity, but in doing so we must be guided by scripture. Suppose that one appropriates law, justice or strictness to the Father but when you examine the New Testament it appropriates love and election to the Father.

Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

Ephesians 1; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 3:16

Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

About Fred Sanders

Fred Sanders is a systematic theologian who studies and teaches across the entire range of classic Christian doctrine, but with a primary focus on the doctrine of the Trinity. Fred has taught in Torrey Honors College since 1999 and is an amateur historian of Biola's institutional history. He is co-founder of the annual Los Angeles Theology Conference and maintains an active internet presence via Twitter and blog. He and his family are members of Grace Evangelical Free Church.

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About Gary Wilkerson

Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

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