The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything is written by Fred Sanders an associate professor of theology at Biola University Torrey Honors Institute. On page 23 the author using Billy Graham as an example says, “Graham is a perfect example of an evangelical who is focused so much on being Trinitarian in practice that he somewhat under-explains the theological presuppositions of what he is doing.” About ten years ago I wrote a treatise on the Trinity explaining what it was and why Christians need to understand it. Since that time I have not given much thought about the Trinity until recently teaching through the Gospel of Luke.
To be honest there are so many things that stand out about this book that to get into all of them would take up pages and pages. Dr. Sanders is very through in his treatment on the Trinity and how it applies to the life of the believer. Dr. Sanders is especially concerned to show throughout this work how the Gospel is tied to the work of the Trinity.
Unlike many books that are theologically driven, Dr. Sanders work does more than just consider the Scriptures but rather explains the Scriptures and then applies the Scriptures. This book is a first rate work. As one who has studied (formally and informally) and read a number of systematic theologies over the years there is simply nothing that I’ve read that even comes close to the work of Dr. Sanders in this book.
It is clear that Dr. Sanders has given a great deal of thought to the topic of the Gospel and the Trinity. Before I read Dr. Sanders work I had never read anything by him before. His writing style is very engaging which makes it easy to read and understand. This is why I am recommending that this book be read by any believer who is interested in learning how the Gospel connects to the Trinity.
Finally, this is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It is so because it is well-written, and well argued. It is grounded in the Scriptures. I believe this book touches on many topics many Christians have never thought about or definitely as deeply as Dr. Sanders has in our modern times. Lastly, I believe every Christian should read this book even if it takes them awhile, and even if they have to ask for help to understand everything. This book in its totality is full of Gospel-gold. I will be recommending it to everyone I know who is interested in learning how the Gospel connects to the Trinity.
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