worship. Under the effigy is this ill-spelled inscription: ?Alexamenos adores his God.?
Schleiermacher first made this appeal to the testimony of Christian consciousness. William E. Gladstone: ?All I write and all I think and all I hope, is based upon the divinity of our Lord, the one central hope of our poor, wayward race.? E. G. Robinson: ?When you preach salvation by faith in Christ, you preach the Trinity.? W. G. T. Shedd: ?The construction of the doctrine of the Trinity started, not from the consideration of the three persons, but from belief in the deity of one of them.? On the worship of Christ in the authorized services of the Anglican church, see Stanley, Church and State, 333-335 ; Liddon, Divinity of our Lord, 514.
In contemplating passages apparently inconsistent with those now cited, in that they impute to Christ weakness and ignorance, limitation and subjection, we are to remember first, that our Lord was truly man, as well as truly God, and that this ignorance and weakness may be predicated of him as the God-man in whom deity and humanity are united; secondly, that the divine nature itself was in some way limited and humbled during our Savior?s earthly life, and that these passages may describe him as he was in his estate of humiliation, rather than in his original and present glory; and, thirdly, that there is an order of office and operation which is consistent with essential oneness and equality, but which permits the Father to be spoken of as first and the Son as second. These statements will be further elucidated in the treatment of the present doctrine and in subsequent examination of the doctrine of the Person of Christ.
There are certain things of which Christ was ignorant: <411303>Mark 13:39 ?of that day or the hour knoweth no one, not even the angels in heaven, neither the Son, but the father.? He was subject to physical fatigue:
<430406> John 4:6 ? ?Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus by the well.? There was a limitation connected with Christ?s taking of human flesh: <502007>Philippians 2:7 ? ?emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men?: <431428>John 14:28 ? ?the Father is greater than I.? There is a subjection, as respects order of office and operation, which is yet consistent with equality of essence and oneness with God; <461528>1 Corinthians 15:28 ? ?then shall the Son also himself be subjected to him that did subject all things unto him, that God may be all in all.? This must be interpreted consistently with <431705>John 17:5 ? ?glory thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before
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