See Hutton, Essays, 1:232 ? ?The Trinity tells us something of God?s absolute and essential nature; not simply what he is to us, but what he is in himself. If Christ is the eternal Son of the Father, God is indeed and in essence a Father; the social nature, the spring of love is of the very essence of the eternal Being; the communication of life, the reciprocation of affection dates from beyond time, belongs to the very being of God. The Unitarian idea of a solitary God profoundly affects our conception of God, reduces it to mere power, identifies God with abstract cause and thought. Love is grounded in power, not power in love. The Father is merged in the omniscient and omnipotent genius of the universe.? Hence
<620223> 1 John 2:23 ? ??Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father.? D?Arcy, Idealism and Theology, 204 ? ?If God be simply one great person, then we have to think of him as waiting until the whole process of creation has been accomplished before his love can find an object upon which to bestow itself. His love belongs, in that case, not to his inmost essence, but to his relation to some of his creatures. The words ?God is love? ( <620408>1 John 4:8) become a rhetorical exaggeration, rather than the expression of a truth about the divine nature.?
Hutton, Essays, 1:230 ? ?We need also the inspiration and help of a perfect filial will. We cannot conceive of the Father, as sharing in that dependent attitude of spirit which is our chief spiritual want. It is a Father?s perfection to originate ? a Son?s to receive. We need sympathy and aid in this receptive life; hence, the help of the true Son. Humility, self-sacrifice and submission are heavenly, eternal and divine. Christ?s filial life is the root of all filial life in us. See <480219>Galatians 2:19, 20 ? ?it is no longer I that live, but Christ lived in me: and that life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith which is in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me.? Thomas Erskine of Linlathen, The Spiritual Order, 233 ? ?There is nothing degrading in this dependence, for we share it with the eternal Son.? Gore, Incarnation, 162 ? ?God can limit himself by the conditions of manhood, because the Godhead contains in itself eternally the prototype of human self-sacrifice and self-limitation, for God is love.? On the practical lessons and uses of the doctrine of the Trinity, see Presb. and Ref. Rev., Oct. 1902:524-550, art, by R. M. Edgar; also sermon by Ganse, in South Church Lectures, 300-310. On the doctrine in general, see Robie, in Bibliotheca Sacra, 27:262-289; Pease, Philosophy of Trinitarian Doctrine; N. W. Taylor, Revealed Theology, 1:133; Schultz, Lehre von der Gottheit Christi.
On heathen trinities, see Bib. Repos., 6:116; Christlieb, Mod. Doubt and Christian Belief, 266, 267 ? ?Lao-tse says, 600 BC, ?Tao, the intelligent principle of all being, is by nature one; the first begat the second; both
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