Parts 3 & 4

From the third paragraph of this chapter of the Confession we learn the following about the Trinity:

  • God is One in essence [being]. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Galatians 3:20)
  • God is at the same time Three Persons: the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit; each being God are co- equal, co-eternal, distinct but inseparable. (1 Corinthians 8:6; 1 John 5:20; Acts 5:3-4; Matthew 28:19)
  • The Father is from none, neither begotten nor proceeding from another. (John 5:26)
  • The Son is eternally begotten of the Father. (John 3:16)
  • The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. (John 14:25; John 15:26)
  • Doctrine of the Trinity is an essential doctrine being about the essence and Person of God Himself.

Part 4

Why are all of these details about God contained in the Confession so important?  Can't we all just believe in God as we imagine Him to be? 

Absolutely not!  Creating a god in our minds as we would like him to be is nothing less than the very root of idolatry.  The false gods people imagine are always gods who bless, but never judge (except other people!).  They never demand, impose, or even inconvenience their human architects.  Idols are never even close to being like the God of the Bible.

Beyond that, a low view of God is at the root of virtually every other theological problem (and most problems in life).  As long as we are not awestruck by God's holiness and His incredible glory, we will have a low view of our own sin.  A low view of our sin causes us to think we need no savior.  And with no Savior, people go to Hell.  Idolatry is indeed a damnable sin!

Therefore, getting it right about God is of paramount importance.  For if we are wrong about who God is, it doesn't matter much what else we may be right about.