Reeves has done a marvelous job of showing the central importance of the doctrine of the Trinity for Christianity. More specifically, it is not the doctrine that is central, but the reality of who God is AS Trinity–Father, Son, and Spirit–that is central to Christianity. Reeves highlights the self-giving, loving nature of the Father, which is magnified by the obedient, loving response of the Son who delights in the Father, and the life-giving love of the Spirit for Father and Son as the foundation for all the Christian life. He gives examples from creation and salvation, as well as frequently showing how a one-person God cannot be loving in his very nature, thus the beauty of this Tri-unity. Reeves helps show how our very identity as creatures created in the image of this Triune God mark us in our very natures as creatures created for love and fellowship. These are just a few of the wonderful insights and reminders of Reeves’ work. Definitely worthwhile reading for all Christians.
Jesus in Trinitarian Perspective is an excellent resource for exploring the person and work of a Christ and the theological foundations and developments in the Church’s understanding of Christology and the incarnation. Fairbairn’s chapter on the positive contribution of Chalcedon is particularly helpful, and DeWeese’s chapter is an excellent treatment of contemporary monotheletism. Issler’s concluding chapter on the dependency of Jesus on the Father and Spirit in his earthly life gives a biblical foundation for imitatio Christi. This is a difficult read that would require some foundational understanding of the issues before engaging, but it is well worth the effort.
Sanders work is an excellent account of the issues involved in Trinitarian study, particularly with respect to methods of interpretation. Rather than proof-texting or forcing Trinitarian readings into texts, Sanders proposes that the Trinity is clearly revealed in the missions of the Son and the Spirit. In short, he argues that the temporal, external missions reveal eternal, internal processions. Although the entirety of the work does a great job of mixing biblical exegesis and scholarly study, probably the most helpful part of the book are his chapters on New Covenant Attestation and Old Covenant Adumbration. Both of these are rooted in good exegetical conversations and helpful insights into how readers ought to encounter the revealed Triune God in the text of Scripture. Although this series seeks to “fill the gap between introductory theology textbooks and advanced theological monographs,” several places in this book trend over into advanced theology. Apart from these few places, however, most students with an introductory theology can at least understand the central thrust of Sanders’ position and benefit greatly from his insight.