Trinity 5: Warnings and Signposts
At the beginning I said that the word “Trinity” does not appear in the Bible. But, now that the church has a (albeit still confusing) doctrine of the Trinity, what exactly is it?
Theologian Emil Brunner, in The Christian Doctrine of God, said:
The ecclesiastical doctrine of the Trinity, established by the dogma of the Ancient Church, is not a Biblical kerygma, therefore it is not the kerygma of the Church, but it is a theological doctrine which defends the central faith of the Bible and of the Church.
The Trinity may not be an explicit kerygma (a preached declaration) of the earliest church, but it holds together all that we believe is true of God and is necessary to sustain the central message of the Bible.
Another way to put it, the Trinity is a doctrine of signposts and warnings that heads towards the Biblical truth. The Trinity is just a warning sign held up along the way to keep you from falling into one heresy or another about God. That’s it. It upholds our understanding of God and maintains the message of the Bible.