Of Himself, God Gives Himself

Brannon Ellis

in Calvin, Classical Trinitarianism, and the Aseity of the Son

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199652402
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742002 | DOI:
Of Himself, God Gives Himself

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This chapter is an initial foray into some further applications and implications of a Calvinian Reformed approach to thinking and speaking of the Triune God according to how he has given himself to be known — essentially one in simple being, attributes, will, and works, and personally three in unique and ordered subsistences, and manner of willing and working. The chapter takes its structure from theologian John Webster's characterization of divine aseity, that ‘God is from himself, and from himself God gives himself’. It is divided into discussions of the immanent Trinity and of the trinitarian economy, each of which is further divided into a consideration of the unity and of the plurality that belong to God's irreducible triunity, whether in himself or toward creatures (both of which find their hinge in the pactum salutis or covenant of redemption).

Keywords: aseity; covenant of redemption; pactum salutis; divine simplicity; economic Trinity; immanent Trinity; John Webster

Chapter.  15840 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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