appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ? (so English Revised Version). Epifa>neia is a term applied especially to the Son and never to the Father, and mega>lou is uncalled for if used of the Father, but peculiarly appropriate if used of Christ. Upon the same principles we must interpret the similar text <600101>1 Peter 1:1 (see Huther, in Meyer?s Com.: ?The close juxtaposition indicates the author?s certainty of the oneness of God and Jesus Christ?).
<560213> Titus 2:13 ?Looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ ? ?so the English Revised Version. The American Revisers however translate: ?the glory of the great God and Savior?; and Westcott and Hort bracket the word hJmw~n . These considerations somewhat lessen the cogency of this passage as a proof text, yet upon the whole the balance of argument seems to us still to incline in favor of Ellicott?s interpretation as given above.
In <580108>Hebrews 1:8, pro<v de< to<n uijo>n oJ qro>nov sou oJ Qeo<v eijv to<n aijw~na is quoted as an address to Christ, and verse 10 which follows ?Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth? ? by applying to Christ an Old Testament ascription to Jehovah, shows that oJ Qeo>v , in verse 8, is used in the sense of absolute Godhead.
It is sometimes objected that the ascription of the name God to Christ proves nothing as to his absolute deity, since angels and even human judges are called gods, as representing God?s authority and executing his will. But we reply that, while it is true that the name is sometimes so applied, it is always with adjuncts and in connections, which leave no doubt of its figurative and secondary meaning. When, however, the name is applied to Christ, it is, on the contrary, with adjuncts and in connections which leave no doubt that it signifies absolute Godhead. See <020416>Exodus 4:16 ? ?thou shalt be to him as God?; 7:1 ? ?See, I have made thee as God to Pharaoh?; 22:28 ? ?Thou shalt not revile God, [margin, the judges], nor curse a ruler of thy people?; <198201>Psalm 82:1 ? ?God standeth in the congregation of God; He judgeth among the gods? [among the mighty]; 6 ? ?I said, Ye are gods, And all of you sons of the Most High?; 7 ? ?Nevertheless ye shall die like men, And fall like one of the princes.? Cf. <431034>John 10:34-36 ? ?If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came? (who were Gods commissioned and appointed representatives), how much more proper for him who is one with the Father to call himself God.
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