There are no degrees of Deity in the Holy Trinity

“Of far reaching importance is the stress laid on the Monarchy of the Godhead in which all three divine Persons of the share, for the whole indivisible Being of God belongs to each of them as it belongs to them together. This is reinforced by the unique conception of the co-inherent or perichoretic relations between the different Persons in which they completely contain and interpenetrate one another while remaining what they distinctively are in their otherness as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God is intrinsically Triune, Trinity in unity and Unity in Trinity.”

“There are no degrees of Deity in the Holy Trinity, as is implied in a distinction between the underived Deity of the Father and the derived deity of the Son and the Spirit. Any notion of of subordination is ruled out. The perfect simplicity and indivisibility of God in His Triune Being mean that the Arche (????) or Monarchia cannot be limited to one Person, as Gregory the Theologian pointed out.”

“While there are inviolable distinctions within the Holy Trinity, this does not detract from the truth that the whole being of God belongs to all of them as it belongs to each of them, and this does not detract from the truth that the Monarchy is One and indivisible, the Trinity in Unity and the Unity in Trinity.” (Statement at the Orthodox/Reformed Commission 1985) found in The Doctrine Of the Christian God by T F Torrance p. 185.

Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons
by: Thomas F. Torrance
publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, published: 2001-12-20
ASIN: 0567088294
EAN: 9780567088291
sales rank: 631303
price: $40.47 (new), $42.55 (used)

In a new paperback edition of a classic work, T. F. Torrance aims to clarify understanding of that most profound article of the Christian faith, the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.Adopting a holistic approach, he explains the inter-relatedness of the three Persons–Father, Son and Holy Spirit–and their dynamic Communion with the Being and Nature of God.Combining immense academic range with new theological perspectives, Professor Torrance builds a significant theological bridge between ancient and modern, and Roman and Protestant theology.

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