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Preaching the Divine Team (pt. 2)

We may be making it harder to preach on the Trinity than it should be. In this interview, J. I. Packer gets to the heart of the matter.

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This interview is part two of a three-part series. In part one, Dr. Packer introduced the Trinity as a divine Team and addressed some of the problems encountered when preaching about the Trinity.

PreachingToday.com:Concrete metaphors explaining the nature of the Trinity invariably break down and perhaps mislead us as much as they teach us. So preaching at an abstract level is the first challenge we face. Is there a way to overcome this? Or is it simply a reality that we must challenge people to deal with some of these abstract ideas?

J. I. Packer: If the approach I'm trying to spell out is right, then the question doesn't need to be put quite that way. It's certainly true that all the classic illustrations of the Trinity break down. You only have to look at them twice to realize that. The Trinity is not like water, which at different temperatures can be liquid, solid, or steam. The Trinity is not like a cloverleaf, where you have the three little leaves making one big leaf. The Trinity ...

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