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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Bible Passage:John 17:5

"And now, glorify Thou Me together with Thyself, Father, with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was."

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Here again is a great and expressive text concerning the divinity of Christ.  Here Christ expressly says, that He had honor and was glorious with the Father before the foundation of the world.  Before the world was nothing could have existence but God only, for there is no half-way thing between the world and God, or between the creature and the Creator.  Jesus prays: Dear Father, glorify Me, who am Thine only Son from everlasting, of the same divinity, essence, and glory with Thyself, in order that He might show how He wishes to be glorified, that is, manifested, preached, and believed on; namely, as being He who had His glory from all eternity, truly God and naturally Son of the Father.  But heretics will wickedly pervert this passage, and say: it is true that Christ had His glory before the world was; but it does not from that follow that He is therefore to be considered eternally and naturally God.  He might have been some creature, higher and exalted above all the rest of the creatures, before the world was, and so, a middle-thing in the world between God and all other creatures." But we must steadfastly believe and rest on the words of Jesus, not suffering men to wrest them from us nor to maliciously pervert them, nor to imagine or frame anything mid-way between God and the world, This is the most certain of all certainties, that Christ, since He had His glory before the world was, cannot be a creature.  For the term ''world̓̓ includes all created things, everything that was not from eternity but had a beginning,


O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer̓s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace!

--
Cuda.
aka Pastor Robin Fish

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him
and He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6


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