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The Ordered Godhead: (1) Commending Nicea

by Andrew Moody

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All Christians, if they know anything about the Trinity understand that God is one and three. Some take it as a bare mystery; a simple antithesis. But Scripture provides another way of synthesising the antithesis. It resolves the problem by showing that everything that the Son is and does derives from the Father.

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The Ordered Godhead: (2) The Beauty of Ordered Willing

by Andrew Moody

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The persons of the Trinity love each other and honour each other through creating and saving us. There is initiative and there is response. There is unity and there is diversity. There is love that sends and love that answers. There's nothing heretical about this. It's a faith worth living for and dying for.

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The Ordered Godhead: (3) Speaking of God…

by Mark Baddeley

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When people simply dismiss ideas of eternal command or obedience because such notions must involve two wills, or violate divine unity, they’re moving too quickly. The same kind of reasoning would say that there can’t be three persons because that would mean three essences. It would prevent us talking about even the love of the Father for the Son. Christ's actions as man reveal his full equality. We find out who he is through his condescension, not in spite of it

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The Ordered Godhead: (4) Athanasius and Nicea

by Mark Baddeley

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When we read the Nicene Creed in light of Athanasius, we see that the eternal begetting of the Son by the Father is of immeasurable significance. The Son’s equality with the Father, his being of the same essence as the Father, his differentiation with the Father, and the ability of his names to communicate a knowledge of who he actually is.

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The Ordered Godhead: (5) Final Reflections

by Mark Baddeley

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For Athanasius there is a fundamental coherence of person and work, act and being. They are one, and they act as one, both as a consequence of eternal begetting. The unity of the Godhead is thus upheld by grasping the implications of the eternal begetting of the Son, not by conceiving a unity apart from that relationship.

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