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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Why Trinity & Christology are important…

      Continuing my project of presenting the full text of Franz Pieper's original German edition of his Christliche Dogmatik...
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      As I am working towards finishing the polishing of the text of Volume 1b, I reached the end of Pieper's defense of the doctrine of the Trinity.  He concluded this on page 570, or page 463 in the English edition.  And his concluding paragraph struck me as it clearly and succinctly put into words why the Doctrine of the Trinity and its corresponding "Christology" are important:
The triune God  is a gracious God, as demonstrated in detail. With the denial of the Holy Trinity, Christ is not the eternal Son of God, the eternal Son of God did not become man in the fullness of time, there is no vicarious satisfaction, no justification through faith by which we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, but we remain under the obligation and curse of God's law.
Prof. David Scaer attempted to displace the real reason why the true doctrine of the Trinity and Christology are important by saying "All Theology Is Christology".  But Scaer's teaching clearly displaces the reason why these are important, even though Scaer attempts to deny this.  And I will add to Pieper's strong statement by saying that
All teaching of the Trinity and Christology without the right Doctrine of Justification is... nothing.
So much for Scaer's teaching.  But Franz Pieper's section on the Trinity (pages 445-570 or pages 371-463 in the English edition) did nothing but renew and strengthen my Christian faith, and my mind goes back to the hundreds of times the Apostles Creed was recited in the worship services of my youth.

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