Some other articles have appeared that I believe shed some further, needed light on the discussion of the Trinity that I chronicled here last week. As I share these links, let me add a thought or two to highlight the issue for those who may not understand its importance. The danger in trying to be simple is that I will not be able to convey all the complexities of the matter and the problems that arise from a lack of doctrinal precision. That is why you should read the links.
At the heart of this discussion are two basic matters. First is the use of the term “eternal submission.” This phrase is being used to describe the relationship between God the Father and God the Son before the incarnation. By this phrase its proponents mean that the Son has forever been in obedience to the Father. The problem with this concept is that it begins to create a divide into the oneness of God, as by implication it would mean that the divine Father and divine Son have differing – if not different – wills. Yet as the articles below remind us, orthodox truth from confessions throughout the centuries have always upheld that God is indivisible and only has one will. True submission did not come until the kenotic act when Christ became man, and as such he possessed a human will that he placed in obedience to the Father.
18 Theses on the Father and the Son | Fred Sanders (June 13, 2016)
Patristics Scholar Lewis Ayres Weighs in on the Intra-Complementarian Debate on the Trinity | Michael F. Bird (June 13, 2016)
Eternal Submission and the Story of the Seven Ecumenical Councils | D. Glenn Butner, Jr. (June 13, 2016)
What is the Immanent Trinity?A Clarification for the Eternal Subordination Debate | Darren Sumner (June 16, 2016*)
*I added this link after the date of this post because of its clarifying nature.