That God May Be All in All: A Paterology Demonstrating That the Father Is the Initiator of All Divine Activity

Christology and Pneumatology have long been major preoccupations for theologians and rightly so, but the work of God the Father has been surprisingly neglected. Through a biblical and exegetical study of the Father's person and work (Paterology), this book argues that, among the persons of the Trinity, the Father is the initiator of all divine activity. Furthermore, it is in the context of a loving eternal relationship with the Son and Spirit that the Father has planned and purposed all things, creating through the Son and by the Spirit, promising and accomplishing redemption through the sending of the Son and the Spirit, and perfecting salvation by bringing about a new heavens and new earth through his Son and Spirit. The only proper response is a Trinitarian-shaped life of worship that worships our Triune God.

“Paterology” may be an unfamiliar to term to many readers. Here it designates a study of God the Father, as distinct from the Son and the Spirit as Trinitarian persons. I like Rippee’s approach very much, because he goes directly and deeply into the scriptures, which are certainly our only ultimate source for teaching about the Trinity. There are many books on the Trinity today. Some of them disturbingly dismiss the biblical representations as figurative while presenting as literal certain philosophical speculations. The fact that Rippee avoids this approach is a strong recommendation for his book. But a greater recommendation is the comfort one gains from scripture’s reassurance that our Heavenly Father is the one who initiates everything in Heaven and on Earth.
— John M. Frame, Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida