The Only True God
What does the word Idolatry suggest to your mind?
Idolatry consists not only in the worship of
false gods, but in the worship of the true
God by images. Hodge, C.
As the first commandment fixes the object, so
the second fixes the mode of religious
worship. Dabney, R. L. (1996). Systematic
The Dangers in Images
• 1. Images dishonor God for they obscure
• 2. Images mislead us, for they convey false
ideas about God.
Molten Images and Mental Images
• “God is not the sort of person that we are:
his wisdom, his aims, his scale of values,
his mode of procedure differ so vastly from
our own that we cannot possibly guess our
way to them by intuition or infer them by
analogy from our notion of ideal manhood.
We cannot know him unless he speaks and
tells us about himself.” – Packer
• What is the supreme mystery with which
the gospel confronts us?
• (1 Co 1:22-25).
• Jews: (stumbling block) Fiercely
monotheistic they considered incarnation
• Greeks: (foolishness) Philosophy aimed at
escape from the physical body – concept of
incarnation is the opposite philosophical
Westminster on the Incarnation
• The Son of God, the second person in the Trinity, being very and
eternal God, of one substance and equal with the Father, did, when the
fullness of time was come, take upon Him man’s nature, (John 1:1,14,
1 John 5:20, Phil. 2:6, Gal. 4:4) with all the essential properties, and
common infirmities thereof, yet without sin; (Heb. 2:14,16–17, Heb.
4:15) being conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost, in the womb of
the virgin Mary, of her substance. (Luke 1:27,31,35, Gal. 4:4) So that
two whole, perfect, and distinct natures, the Godhead and the
manhood, were inseparably joined together in one person, without
conversion, composition, or confusion. (Luke 1:35, Col. 2:9, Rom. 9:5,
1 Pet. 3:18, 1 Tim. 3:16) Which person is very God, and very man, yet
one Christ, the only Mediator between God and man. (Rom. 1:3–4, 1
• The Westminster confession of faith. 1996 (Chapter VIII, 2). Oak
Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
• Chalcedonian Christology (451 AD) Jesus
is 1 person with 2 full natures without
confusion, division, mixture or separation
• Plurality of natures / not persons
• Two whole, complete natures
Two Early Church
• DOCETISM – The view that Jesus did not
have a real physical body or a true human
• Monophysite - This heresy argued that
Jesus did not have two natures, but one.
This single nature was neither truly divine
nor truly human but a mixture of the two. It
was called a “theanthropic” nature.
Why kenosis is empty theory?
• 1. The immutability of god does not allow it
2. The unity of the Trinity would cease to
3. Genuine incarnation (God made flesh)
4. Exaltation of Jesus would then require
giving up human nature.