Gordon D. Fee
It has been rightly said that 'the New Testament contains no doctrine of the Trinity'. 1 Fully developed doctrine, no, but experienced reality, yes. At issue for the study of the Trinity in Paul (and the rest of the New Testament) is not doctrinal exposition of the One and the Three. Rather it is the explication of his—and his churches'—experience 2 of Christ and the Spirit as the experience of the only and living God, expressed in a variety of descriptive and theological affirmations that attribute deity to both.
The reluctance on the part of New Testament scholarship to use trinitarian language when referring to these affirmations is understandable; 3 but that reluctance is often expressed in ways that
I wish here to extend my thanks to my Regent College colleagues, who vigorously interacted with an earlier version of this paper at a recent faculty retreat. That discussion helped me to sharpen up my concerns at several points, so much so that I rather thoroughly reconfigured the whole.