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					KNOWING GOD
          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
                    Theology.
       The Dangers in Images
• 1. Images dishonor God for they obscure
  His Glory.
• 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
KNOWING GOD
            God Incarnate
• What is the supreme mystery with which
  the gospel confronts us?

             INCARNATION
          Foolish Stumbling
• (1 Co 1:22-25).
• Jews: (stumbling block) Fiercely
  monotheistic they considered incarnation
  blaspheme
• Greeks: (foolishness) Philosophy aimed at
  escape from the physical body – concept of
  the
  incarnation is the opposite philosophical
  direction
  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
  Tim. 2:5)
• The Westminster confession of faith. 1996 (Chapter VIII, 2). Oak
  Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
     Chalcedonian Christology
• 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
• Homoousios
           Two Early Church
               Heresies
• DOCETISM – The view that Jesus did not
  have a real physical body or a true human
  nature.
• 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
  exist.
  3. Genuine incarnation (God made flesh)
  requires it.
  4. Exaltation of Jesus would then require
  giving up human nature.

				
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