This is the fourth in a series of questions for Brandon E which began with this first question.
Ever since the apostolic age there have been controversies about the nature of Christ. Some scholars have high Christologies, considering Him God. Others consider Him only a man. And then there are all the confusions and disagreements between Trinitarianism, Unitarianism, Tritheism, Modalism, and so on. And yet, for example, the apostles could write letters that begin with “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” with nary a sign throughout the rest of the epistles that any of the recipients were left wondering about the nature of Christ and how to understand Him vis-a-vis God. Why do you think there were no Christological controversies during the apostolic age?
This is the third in a series of questions for Brandon E which began with this first question.
If the apostles of Jesus Christ saw no need to use the words “trinity” or “triune” to describe God to the disciples, why do we need to use such terms to describe God?
This is the second in a series of questions for Brandon E which began with this first question.
Why do the apostles of Christ not feel the need to use the words “trinity” or “triune” when describing the nature of God?
This question is posed to Brandon E (though anyone else who chooses to address it is welcome to do so as well).
Brandon, there were controversies – or at the very least different viewpoints – about various issues in the New Testament. These included circumcision, acceptable foods, inclusion of the Gentiles, requirements of the Gentiles, marriage, the resurrection, and more. Not to be found among them, however, is any controversy or disagreement about the trinity. Why do you think that is so?
We do not all have the same amount of light, but thank God for those who walk according to the light they have. If we all share our light, then we will all eventually have the same amount of light. The brightness of that light will glorify our God.
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Can we say too much about Jesus Christ? No!
In page after page of the New Testament, the writers draw our thoughts toward Him. And, if we respond appropriately to the New Testament, the Old Testament begins to cry out about Him as well.
The centrality of Christ is the unifying theme of the New Testament. There is no way that He can be over-emphasized.
This post is written for Brandon E, but it also had broader application.
Actually, there are many Christians who do not subscribe to the deity of Christ. Such people call themselves Christians because it’s part of their family identity, or they think Jesus was a good human being, or some other reason detached from His actually deserving this title by virtue of being God.
Similarly, there are many people who call themselves Christians – often “Progressive” Christians is the way they put it – who not only do not believe that the Bible is the word of God, they think anyone who does regard it as the word of God is foolish. Such people distinguish themselves from “Conservative,” “Fundamentalist,” or “Evangelical” Christians.
Therefore, to assume that there is uniformity among Christians even regarding these two ostensibly bedrock issues is to betray a lack of familiarity with reality or history.
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This post is written for Brandon E, and it has specific application to this comment that he made. It also has, however, much broader application.
The prophets of old, including Elijah, spoke boldly in the name of the Lord. Can we today – that is, we who are not prophets – speak that boldly? Of course, we can. Elijah and the other prophets were bold for the very purpose that we could be bold. They risked their lives that the truth of God might not perish from the earth. Moreover, Elijah had the Law of Moses for corroboration but we have the entire Old Testament and New Testament. Thus we ought to be sure and certain in the things we believe about God.
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We human beings were made to worship God. When we ignore God, we are simply worshiping something else.
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This post is written for Brandon E, but it has broader application.
For me, among other things, “Jesus is Lord” means that when Psalm 1 says that the righteous man delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on it day and night, that Jesus is the Lord and His law is that we should love one another as He loved us. That is, because of the truth “Jesus is Lord,” we know who “the Lord” is from Psalm 1 and we know His law from the Gospels (such as John 15:12).
If I am constantly thinking about how to love others as Jesus loved us, and am acting upon the results of my thinking, then I am actualizing the lordship of Christ in my life. I am by that process making “Jesus is Lord” more than a lip service statement.