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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

Romans   1 comment

Romans

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

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Chapter 1:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/the-approving-conscience-not-the-test/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/not-ashamed-of-the-gospel/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/whole-hearted-service/

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

Chapter 3:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/regeneration/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/18/missions-gods-eternal-plan/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/the-fact-of-sin/

Chapter 4:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/the-rejection-of-israel-and-adoption-of-the-gentiles/

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

Chapter 5:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-witness-of-the-spirit/

Chapter 6:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-wages-of-sin/

Chapter 7:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/sons-of-god-by-faith/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/deliverance-from-the-body-of-death/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/subjection-of-the-body/

Chapter 8:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/not-ashamed-of-the-gospel/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-witness-of-the-spirit/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/subjection-of-the-body/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/good-from-all-things-to-the-christian/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/we-are-debtors/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/heirs-of-god/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/the-gospel-of-love/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/loyalty-to-christ-2/

Chapter 9:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/the-rejection-of-israel-and-adoption-of-the-gentiles/

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

Chapter 10:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/the-rejection-of-israel-and-adoption-of-the-gentiles/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/take-heed-lest-you-fall/

Chapter 11:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/the-rejection-of-israel-and-adoption-of-the-gentiles/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-call-to-service/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/the-enrichment-of-life/

Chapter 12:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/transformation-of-life/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/romans-12-9/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/evil-associates/

Chapter 13:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/christian-citizenship/

Chapter 14:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/salvation-urged-upon-you/

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

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

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/daniel-refuses-to-defile-himself/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/06/01/influence/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/spiritual-religion-and-ritualism/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/intemperance-a-sin/

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/let-us-therefore-follow-after-the-things-which-make-for-peace/

Chapter 15:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/strength-and-weakess/

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The Rejection of Israel and Adoption of the Gentiles   3 comments

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Above:  The Reading of the Gospel, Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus, Georgia, Pentecost Sunday, May 19, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

(https://plus.google.com/photos/114749828757741527421/albums/5879785940338178465/5879785940514346578?banner=pwa&pid=5879785940514346578&oid=114749828757741527421)

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

I adore ritualism.

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/spiritual-religion-and-ritualism/

and

http://blogatheologica.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/rituals-of-the-evangelical-united-brethren-church-1946-1968/.

As for Jews, I like them and respect their faith.  They are, as Pope John Paul II said, our elder siblings in faith.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 1, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT PAMPHILUS OF CAESAREA, BIBLE SCHOLAR AND TRANSLATOR; AND HIS COMPANIONS, MARTYRS

THE FEAST OF SAINT JUSTIN MARTYR, APOLOGIST

THE FEAST OF SAINT SIMEON OF SYRACUSE, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK

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Rom. 9, 30-33

I.

Paul acknowledges that for reasons God has rejected the Jews and called the Gentiles into his covenant mercies.  “The Gentiles…attained to righteousness…but Israel did not arrive at that law.”  Why?

(1)  Let it be recalled that God has the prerogative to dispose of His own as He sees best.  The potter has the right to mold the clay as he sees best.  Matt. 20, 13-16

(2)  But there is always a human side.  God is not arbitrary.  “He is certainly no respecter of persons,” without partiality and without hypocrisy.

The Jews failed utterly at a crucial point.  “Following after a law of righteousness did not arrive at that law.  Wherefore?  Because they sought it not by faith.”

“The law of faith which we preach” (Ch. 11, 20).  God long endured them, “vessels of wrath fitted unto destruction” (v. 22).  “All day long did I spread out my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people” (Ch. 10, 21).  “Did God cast off his people?  God forbid?” (Ch. 11, 1, etc.)  Any of them may be saved even now by faith, as was I.

(3)  The Gentiles are under the same law of faith and it is because of their faith that they are admitted.  “Whosoever believeth on him shall not be put to shame.  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all is rich unto all that call upon him,” etc. (Rom. 10, 11-12)  “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (10, 13).  “By grace are ye saved through faith” (Eph. 2, 8).  See [also] Rom. 4, 5; 9, 33; 10, 4; 10, 11.

So then it is man that seals his own destiny.  Saving faith or a lack of it is the pivot of destiny.

II.

Let us learn once for all:

(1)  All emphasizing mere ordinances, ritual, or rites is a rejection of the mistake the Jews made–a looking to the letter of the law.  Inspiration never has put the emphasis anywhere but on vital experiential godliness.  “The letter killeth, the spirit maketh alive.”

(2)  The one safeguard of our lives is the magnifying of rich experience of the righteousness of faith.  Without it all else is an utter failure–is practical idolatry.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT