(e) His subjection, as connected with a sinful race, to temptation and suffering, and finally to the death which constituted the penalty of the law.
Peter Lombard asked whether God could know more than he was aware of? It is only another way of putting the question whether, during the earthly life of Christ, the Logos existed outside of the flesh of Jesus. We must answer in the affirmative. Otherwise the number of the persons in the Trinity would be variable and the universe could do without him who is ever ?upholding all things by the word of his power? ( <580103>Hebrews 1:3), and in whom ?all things consist? ( <510117>Colossians 1:17). Let us recall the nature of God?s omnipresence (see pages 279-282). Omnipresence is nothing less than the presence of the whole of God in every place. From this it follows, that the whole Christ can be present in every believer as fully as if that believer were the only one to receive of his fullness. The whole Logos can be united to and be present in the man Christ Jesus, while at the same time he fills and governs the universe. By virtue of this omnipresence, therefore, the whole Logos can suffer on earth, while yet the whole Logos reigns in heaven. The Logos outside of Christ has the perpetual consciousness of his Godhead, while yet the Logos, as united to humanity in Christ, is subject to ignorance, weakness and death. Shedd, Dogma. Theol., 1:153 ? ?Jehovah, though present in the form of the burning bush was at the same time omnipresent also?; 2:265-284 esp. 282 ? ?Because the sun shining in and through a cloud, it does not follow that it cannot at the same time be shining through the remainder of universal space, unobstructed by any vapor whatever.? Gordon, Ministry of the Spirit, 21 ? ?Not with God, as with finite man, does arrival in one place necessitate withdrawal from another.? John Calvin: ?The whole Christ was there but not all that was in Christ was there.? See Adamson, The Mind of Christ.
How the independent exercise of the attributes of omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence can be surrendered, even for a time, would be inconceivable, if we were regarding the Logos as he is in himself, seated upon the throne of the universe. The matter is somewhat easier when we remember that it was not the Logos per se, but rather the God-man, Jesus Christ, in whom the Logos submitted to this humiliation. South, Sermons, 2:9 ? ?Be the fountain never so full, yet if it communicate itself by a little pipe, the stream can be but small and inconsiderable, and equal to the measure of its conveyance.? Sartorius, Person and Work of Christ, 39 ? ?The human eye when open, sees heaven and earth but when shut, it sees little or nothing. Yet in inherent
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