chafer“Though no finite mind has ever comprehended how three Persons may form but one Essence, that precise truth is the testimony of all parts of the Bible. It is not possible to define these distinctions and all they imply. No doubt, there is a distinct consciousness which identifies each Person, yet there is a united possession of attributes and of nature. This disclosure presents a knowledge-surpassing complexity, but is free from the element of contradiction; for a contradiction exists where two contraries are predicted of the same thing and in the same respect. Such contradictions do not appear in revelation and attempts to claim such a thing have failed. The doctrine of the Trinity is drawn wholly from revelation, since creation is incapable of serving as a medium of expression for the issues involved. The doctrine as presented in the Scriptures is therefore believable if not explicable. The how of any superhuman reality is not, and probably could not be, apprehended by the finite mind. It is enough to know from a trustworthy source that the reality does exist.” Lewis Sperry Chafter’s Systematic Theology. (pg 273-4)



  1. irishanglican ~ Fr. Robert · May 28, 2013

    A sweet quote here, and rather presuppositional!

    • jm · May 28, 2013

      I think he was a Presbyterian by training…same with Scofield.

      • irishanglican ~ Fr. Robert · May 28, 2013

        I think old Cyrus was somewhat trained a Congregationalist? Though in those days they were somewhat Calvinist I believe? But yes, some things from both are just not biblical, more so for me with Chafer! (His non – Lordship doctrine!)

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