Thursday, January 13, 2011

Hilary: Christ is God

Thursday, January 13, 2011
    Feast of Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, Teacher, 367
    Commemoration of Kentigern (Mungo), Missionary Bishop in Strathclyde & Cumbria, 603
Meditation:
    For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
    —1 Corinthians 8:5-6 (NIV)
Quotation:
    The very centre of a saving faith is the belief not merely in God, but in God as a Father; not merely in Christ, but in Christ as the Son of God; in Him, not as a creature, but as God the Creator, born of God. My prime object is by the clear assertions of prophets and evangelists to refute the insanity and ignorance of men who use the unity of God (in itself a pious and profitable confession) as a cloak for their denial either that in Christ God was born, or [also] that He is very God.
    ... St. Hilary (ca. 300-367?), On the Trinity, in A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, second series, v. IX, Philip Schaff & Henry Wace, ed., New York: Christian Literature Company, 1902, p. 45 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have revealed to us who you are.
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2 Comments:

Blogger Adam Pastor said...

Greetings Robert McAnally Adams

The inspired scripture as given to Paul
in 1 Cor 8.5-6 clearly
contradicts and refutes Hilary's notion of a
Christ as God the Creator
.

Scripturally, there is solely
ONE GOD & CREATOR,
and that is the Father.
The Lord Jesus Christ, is therefore not the Creator, but rather the Son of the ONE GOD,
the Son of the CREATOR,
the Son of the Father.
[2 John 3]

Concerning 1 Cor 8.5-6,
James Dunn sums it up beautifully:

Unity & Diversity in the New Testament, SCM Press Ltd, 1977, page 53:

“Should we then say that Jesus was confessed as God from the earliest days in Hellenistic Christianity?
That would be to claim too much.
(1) The emergence of a confession of Jesus in terms of divinity was largely facilitated by the emergence of Psalm 110:1 from very early on (most clearly in Mark 12:36; Acts 2:34f.;
I Cor. 15:25; Heb. 1:13).

The Lord says to my lord:
‘Sit at my right hand,
till I make your enemies your footstool’.

Its importance here lies in the double use of kyrios. The one is clearly Yahweh, but who is the other?
Clearly not Yahweh, but an exalted being whom the Psalmist calls kyrios.
(2) Paul calls Jesus kyrios, but he seems to have marked reservations about actually calling him ‘God.’ ...
Similarly he refrains from praying to Jesus. More typical of his attitude is that he prays to God through Christ
(Rom. 1:8; 7:25; II Cor. 1:20; Col. 3:17).
(3) ‘Jesus is Lord’ is only part of a fuller confession for Paul. For at the same time as he affirms ‘Jesus is Lord’, he also affirms ‘God is one’ (I Cor. 8:5-6; Eph. 4:5-6). Here Christianity shows itself as a developed form of Judaism, with its monotheistic confession as one of the most important parts of its Jewish inheritance; for in Judaism the most fundamental confession is
‘God is one.’ ‘There is only one God’
(Deut. 6:4). Hence also Rom. 3:30; Gal. 3:20, I Tim. 2:5 (cf. James 2:19). Within Palestine and the Jewish mission such an affirmation would have been unnecessary — Jews and Christians shared a belief in God’s oneness. But in the Gentile mission this Jewish presupposition within Christianity would have emerged into prominence, in face of the wider belief in ‘gods many.’
The point for us to note is that Paul can hail Jesus as Lord not in order to identify him with God, but rather, if anything, to distinguish him from the One God
(cf. particularly I Cor. 15:24-28; ...).”

Therefore Robert Adams,
for more info on who Jesus really is,
I recommend this video:
The Human Jesus

Take a couple of hours to watch it; and prayerfully it will aid you in your quest for truth.

Yours In Messiah
Adam Pastor

7:36 AM  
Blogger Robert McAnally Adams said...

Sorry. We're trinitarian, here.

8:38 AM  

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