The Fundamental Principles of Theology as the Work of the Trinity

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The three fundamental principles of theology: First, God is the essential foundation, the source of theology. Next, the external cognitive foundation of God’s self revelation is the Scriptures. And lastly, the internal principle of knowing is the illumination of the Holy Spirit.

The archetypal knowledge of God in the divine consciousness; the ectypal knowledge of God granted in revelation and recorded in Holy Scripture; and the knowledge of God in the subject, insofar as it proceeds from revelation and enters into the human consciousness, are all three of them from God. It is God himself who discloses his self-knowledge, communicates it through revelation, and introduces it into human beings. And materially they are one as well, for it is one identical, pure, and genuine knowledge of God, which he has of himself, communicates in revelation, and introduces into the human consciousness.

Source: Herman Bavinck, John Bolt, and John Vriend, Reformed Dogmatics: Prolegomena, vol. 1 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2003), 213–214.