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The Divinity of Christ   12 comments

Divinity of Christ

Above:  Part of the Original Text

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

My great-grandfather’s use of “Jehovah” places him in time.  The American Standard Version of the Bible (1901) makes frequent use of that term, for example.  That term has fallen out of use in many circles, with “the LORD” of “Yahweh” taking its place most frequently.  For example, the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, in its 1973 hymnal, The Book of Psalms for Singing, uses “Jehovah” frequently.  Yet the denomination’s 2010 hymnal, The Book of Psalms for Worship, replaces “Jehovah” with other terms, usually “the LORD.”  (Aside:  I do find having a collection of hymnals helpful for research purposes.)  Nevertheless, on my way to church each Sunday, I drive past the building of a congregation which calls itself “Jehovah’s Temple.”  I guess they did not get the memo.

I note also that my great-grandfather had read up on developments in Christology during the first five centuries of Christianity.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 29, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS LYDIA, DORCAS, AND PHOEBE, COWORKERS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL

THE FEAST OF ANDREI RUBLEV, RUSSIAN ORTHODOX ICONOGRAPHER

THE FEAST OF SAINTS GENESIUS I OF CLERMONT AND PRAEJECTUS OF CLERMONT, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; AND SAINT AMARIN, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT

THE FEAST OF SAINT GILDAS THE WISE, HISTORIAN AND ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST

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Matt. 16, 16

Christian view:  two natures, humanity born of a virgin & died; divinity which was united with the humanity very and eternal God, in essence equal and one with the Father, truly & properly God.

I.  

Titles:  they can apply only to God

(1)  Jehovah,  Ex. 3, 14–“I am that I am,” the highest name of God.  Isa. 40, 5–“the glory of Jehovah shall be revealed.”  In Matt. 3, 3, this is applied to Christ viz:  “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.”

(2)  Lord of glory:  “Had they known it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Cor. 2, 8).

(3)  “God”–Jno. 1, 1; Lord of hosts…the God of Jacob–Ps. 46, 7.  In Heb. 1, 8 this is applied to Christ.

(4)  Son of God:  “I saw and bare record that this is the Son of God” (Jno. 1, 34).  And unclean spirits…cried saying, “Thou art the Son of God” (Mk. 3, 11).  “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3, 17).

(5)  “God with us”–Emmanuel.  Matt. 1, 23, “God over all.”  “Christ who is over all God blessed for ever” (Rom. 9, 5).

“God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into Glory” (1 Tim. 3, 16).  “And we know that the true Son of God is come.  This is the true God” (1 Jno. 5, 20).

Angels bear witness:

A Saviour (Matt. 1, 21); “Son of the Highest” (Lk. 1, 32); “Christ the Lord” (Lk. 2, 11).

II.

His attributes prove he is God:  All that are applied to God are applied to Christ–Eternity, Immutability, Omnipotence, etc.

Consciousness of his nature

III.

His works prove him Divine:  Creation, Preservation, Pardon of sin, Miracles, Judgment

We baptize and dismiss the congregations in his name, pray in his name and the Father hears us.

The mighty Lord from heaven, the Saviour of sinners

“If ever man was God or God man, Jesus Christ was both.”–Byron

“If Jesus Christ is a God

And the only God, I swear

I will follow him thro’ heaven and hell,

The earth, the sea, the air.”–Gilder

“Thou art the King of Glory, O Christ.

Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.

Hail, great Galiean!–Great God.”–Woods

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Hebrews   1 comment

Hebrews

Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-revelation-from-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/the-divinity-of-christ/

Chapter 2:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-great-salvation/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/pardon-and-cleansing/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/christs-victory-and-ours/

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/jesus-our-high-priest/

Chapter 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/christ-among-the-candlesticks/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/jesus-our-high-priest/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/life-from-the-dead-or-the-valley-of-dry-bones/

Chapter 5:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/18/neither-is-there-salvation-in-any-other/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/the-author-of-eternal-salvation/

Chapter 6:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/hebrews-6-10-american-revised-version/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/jesus-our-high-priest/

Chapter 7:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/john-3-16/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/jesus-is-able-to-save/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/jesus-our-high-priest/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/hebrews-7-25/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/26/life-from-the-dead-or-the-valley-of-dry-bones/

Chapter 9:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-judgment/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/pardon-and-cleansing/

Chapter 10:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/what-shall-i-do-with-the-bible/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/consider-and-provoke-each-other/

Chapter 11:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/cains-offering-rejected/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/the-power-of-early-religious-training/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/the-rewards-of-faith/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/abraham/

Chapter 12:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-heavenly-race/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/the-good-soldier-and-his-reward/

Chapter 13:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/christs-victory-and-ours/

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The Revelation from God   1 comment

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

What is wrong with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Charles Darwin?

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 27, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Heb. 1, 1-2

1.  Man needs a revelation of God’s will.  If He has a will we need to know what it is lest we sin against it.  We can’t know each other’s mind till it is revealed or expressed:  how much more is it true of God’s will?

2.  Because of prejudice or personal interest or bias or preference man may think a thing is right when it is not.  He needs to be told by an wise, good, impartial mind what is right.

3.  To stop all quibbling it should be authoritative and final.  Men differ among themselves and one generation may reject much taught by the previous one.  Hence the need of a perfect revelation of final authority.  “My words shall not pass away.”  It should not be on a level with Emerson, Spencer & Darwin, else where is man’s yard stick?

4.  Such a revelation we have.  God has spoken and His word is law.  It demands recognition and obedience.  Grace is promised to help them who obey.

5.  It is so plain that all may obey it and live.  Spencer can be understood by only a few.  Jesus was heard gladly by the common people.

The Spirit reveals it to & in us till we know it.  To see spiritually is to know.

Accept this light from heaven, walk in it, and you shall find joy & peace & heaven.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT