“The Trinitarian Pattern of Redemption in Richard Sibbes (1577–1635).”

Bibliographic information:

Rempel, Brent. “The Trinitarian Pattern of Redemption in Richard Sibbes (1577–1635).” Journal of Reformed Theology 13:1 (2019): 3–25.



This essay offers an extended treatment of the trinitarian principles in the theology of the seventeenth-century English conformist Richard Sibbes (1577–1635). Sibbes established an asymmetrical ontological relationship between the eternal triune processions and the economic missions, wherein God’s immanent life of Father, Son, and Spirit constitutes God’s outward acts. The ad intra ordering—from the Father, through the Son, by the Holy Spirit—governs the economic missions of the Son and Holy Spirit. This trinitarian taxis, moreover, funds Sibbes’s creative pneumatology. The Holy Spirit’s eternal procession from the Father and the Son uniquely shapes the Spirit’s ad extra operations in unition, sanctification, and assurance. The Spirit eternally indwells the breast of the Father and Son and, as such, is supremely fit to witness to their eternal love among the saints. In Sibbes’s affectionate theology, God’s triune life serves as an anchor and repository for soteriological reflection.


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