The Gospel of John plays a large role in the church’s understanding of the Trinity, but symptomatic of the increasing specialisation within scholarship is an unfortunate separation of exegesis from systematic theology. We are left with Biblical studies neglecting to take the next step from study of the Biblical text to further theological reflection and synthesis. Köstenberger and Swan’s hope to set an example of how the two can be rejoined in their work Father, Son and Spirit by providing a study that, “summarises and synthesises what John has to say about God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit” (p20).
I read something this morning on the roles of the Trinity in salvation and worship that I thought I’d share. The text referred to is Colossians 3:16, below: