Scriptural Evidence Of The Deity Of Christ -- By: David B. Ford

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 017:67 (Jul 1860)
Article: Scriptural Evidence Of The Deity Of Christ
Author: David B. Ford


Scriptural Evidence Of The Deity Of Christ

Rev. David B. Ford

It is a question of our Saviour’s asking, and therefore of some importance: What think ye of Christ? Whose son is he? The scriptures tell us, in reply, that he is both the son

of David and the Lord of David; both the son of man, and the only-begotten Son of God. It is well known that there exists, in the New Testament, a wide diversity of representation in regard to the person and character of our Lord. Hence a large majority of the Christian church, in all ages, have been led, in supposed accordance with the scriptures, to ascribe to the person of Christ a two-fold nature, the human and the divine. That Christ had an existence previous to his human birth, and that he possessed a nature higher than our own, is evident from those passages which speak of his various manifestations under the old dispensation (John 12:41. 1 Cor. 10:4 (9). 1 Pet. 1:11); of his existence before Abraham (John 8:58); and before the world was (John 17:5, 24); before all created things (John 1:3. Col. 1:15, 17. 1 Cor. 8:6); even with God, in the beginning (John 1:1). Of like import, also, are those numerous passages which affirm that he came (into the world) from God, from the Father, from above, from heaven, “where he was before;” that, with us, he partook of flesh and blood; that he was made flesh; that he came in the flesh; was manifested in the flesh; was made in the likeness of men; made like unto his brethren; and was sent in the likeness of sinful flesh; that he was born of a woman; and was according to the flesh (in contrast with his higher nature) a descendant of David and the Jewish fathers.1 Ail these passages, with others which are supposed to ascribe to Christ the distinctive titles, attributes, and works of Deity, either expressly assert or fairly imply this two-fold nature, and are wholly meaningless and absurd on any other supposition. Even De Wette (on John 17:5) thus remarks: “Two ideas are here combined: that of the λόγος ἄσαρκος and that of the λόγος ἔνσαρκος, who, after his incarna...

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