sample of lecture on “Of Creation,” The works of God toward creatures reveal the triune God to creatures
The Works of God toward Creatures Reveal the Triune God to Creatures
Psalm 104:30 says, “You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the earth.” Here both creation and renewal are attributed to the Spirit of God. But notice one more thing about this text. Notice these words carefully: “You send forth Your Spirit.” Now listen to Bavinck: “special properties and works are attributed to each of the three persons . . in such a way that the order present between the persons in the ontological Trinity is revealed” (Bavinck, RD, 2:318.). The theologia is reveled in the oikonomia. The mystery of the Trinity is manifested in the external works of the Trinity.
“You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the earth,” says Psalm 104:30. The language of sending forth echoes the intra-trinitarian life of God. The Spirit is from the Father and the Son. As Michael Horton says, commenting on Psalm 104:30 “The Spirit is not a power emanating but a person sent” (Horton, The Holy Spirit, 31). Though God’s external works are not God, they tell us something about the triune God of the works. The works of God toward creatures reveal the triune God to creatures.