As in <198207>Psalm 82:7 those who had been called gods are represented as dying, so in <199707>Psalm 97:7 ? ?Worship him, all ye gods? ? they are bidden to fall down before Jehovah. Ann. Par. Bible: ?Although the deities of the heathen have no positive existence, they are often described in Scripture as if they had, and are represented as bowing down before the majesty of Jehovah.? This verse is quoted in <580106>Hebrews 1:6 ? ?let all the angels of God worship him? ? i.e., Christ. Here Christ is identified with Jehovah. The quotation is made from the Septuagint, which has ?angels? for ?gods.? ?Its use here is in accordance with the Spirit of the Hebrew word, which includes all that human error might regard as objects of worship.? Those who are figuratively and rhetorically called ?gods? are bidden to fall down in worship before him who is the true God, Jesus Christ. See Dick, Lectures on theology, 1:314; Liddon, Our Lord?s Divinity, 10.
In <620520>1 John 5:20 ? ejsme<n ejn tw~| ajlhqinw~| ejn tw|~ uiJw~| aujtou~ Ihsou~ Cristw~| oujto>v ejstin oJ ajlhqino<v Qeo>v ? ?it would be a flat repetition, after the Father had been twice called oJ ajlhqino>v , to say now again: ?this is ? oJ ajlhqino<v Qeo>v .? Our being in God has its basis in Christ his Son, and this also makes it more natural that oujtov should be referred to uiJw~| . But ought not oJ aJlhqino>v then to be without the article (as in <430101>John 1:1
? Qeo>v h=n oJ lo>gov )? No, for it is John?s purpose in <620520>1 John 5:20 to say, not what Christ is, but who he is. In declaring what one is, the predicate must have no article; in declaring who one is, the predicate must have the article. St. John here says that this Son, on whom our being in the true God rests, is this true God himself? (see Ebrard, Com. in loco).
Other passages might be here adduced, as <510209>Colossians 2:9 ? ?in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily?; <501706>Philippians 2:6 ? ?existing in the form of God?; but we prefer to consider these under other heads as indirectly proving Christ?s divinity. Still other passages, once relied upon as direct statements of the doctrine, must be given up for textual reasons. Such are <442028>Acts 20 : 28, where the correct reading is in all probability not ejkklhsi>an tou~ Qeou~ , but ejkklhsi>an tou~ Kuri>ou (so ACDE Tregelles and Tischendorf; B and a , however, have tou~ Qeou~ . The Revised Version continues to read ?church of God?; Amer. Revisers, however, read ?church of the Lord? ? see Ezra Abbot?s investigation in Bibliotheca Sacra, 1876:313-352); and <540316>1 Timothy 3:16, where o]v is unquestionably to be substituted for Qeo>v , though even here ejfanerw>qh intimates preexistence.
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