The Trinity as Father, His Self-Knowledge, & The Love They Share


A PDF of an interesting, unpublished essay by Jonathan Edwards where he speculates that the Son is The Father’s perfect knowledge of Himself that is so infinite that it manifests as a full person in its own right. And the perfect love between Father and Son is so infinite that it too manifests as a full person in its own right, the Holy Spirit.

https://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/sdg/Edwards,%20Jonathan%20-%20An%20Unpublished%20Essay%20on%20the%20Tr.pdf

It’s neat in that it explains why there are Three, and not just One or Two or more than Three. And why they are named Father, Son and Spirit and have their particular attributes (e.g. the Son is the Logos and Wisdom, and the Spirit is less prominent).

Click to access Edwards,%20Jonathan%20-%20An%20Unpublished%20Essay%20on%20the%20Tr.pdf

Click to access Edwards,%20Jonathan%20-%20An%20Unpublished%20Essay%20on%20the%20Tr.pdf

The Father is the Deity subsisting in the prime, un-originated and most absolute manner, or the Deity in its direct existence. The Son is the Deity generated by God’s understanding, or having an idea of Himself and subsisting in that idea. The Holy Ghost is the Deity subsisting in act, or the Divine essence flowing out and breathed forth in God’s Infinite love to and delight in Himself. And I believe the whole Divine essence does truly and distinctly subsist both in the Divine idea and Divine love, and that each of them are properly distinct Persons.


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