The Ontological Interrelationship Of The Persons Of The Trinity -- By: C. B. Hurlburt

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 082:326 (Apr 1925)
Article: The Ontological Interrelationship Of The Persons Of The Trinity
Author: C. B. Hurlburt


The Ontological Interrelationship Of The Persons Of The Trinity

C. B. Hurlburt

Matthew 11:27

“ALL things have been delivered unto me of my Father: and no one knoweth the Son, save the Father; neither doth any know the Father save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son willeth to reveal him.”

Luke 10:22

“All things have been delivered unto me of my Father; and no one knoweth who the Son is, save the Father; and who the Father is save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son willeth to reveal him.”

Lange adds: “The complete form of expression would also require the addition (See Matthew 16:17, Luke 10.21):’No man knoweth the Son save the Father, and he to whomsoever the Father willeth to reveal him.’ “

“If there is any saying in the Gospels,” says Schumaker (Princeton Review, October, 1913), which we can esteem without hesitation a genuine, uncorrupted saying of Jesus, it is the acclamation of Matthew 11:27 (Luke 10:22).”

Even Harnack allows that if the text be permitted to stand as it is found in our Gospels, recognition can, with difficulty, be escaped of the fact that we have here “a formal equality of the Father and the Son who are distinguished only by name, and a relation of Father and Son which has never begun but remains ever the same.”

It is important to notice that these three declarations, almost the same in form, are found in the oldest and best attested tradition of the utterances of our Lord. They so rise into the pure height of the spirituality and sublimity of John’s Gospel as to cause Tholuck to call attention to what he designates “the affinity between them and the general import of the fourth Gospel,” an affinity which so binds this Gospel into union with the Synoptics as to give it their validity.

Few utterances of our Lord can be of more vital interest to a believer than this three-fold declaration wherein he sets forth with elaborate fullness his interrelation as Son with the Father in their mutual perfect knowledge of one another. Lange says: “The Saviour here declares, therefore, that a man can be guided only by the knowledge of the Son to the knowledge of the Father, but also, conversely, that a man can be guided only by the knowledge of the Father to the knowledge of the Son.” Meyer says that this teaching of our Lord “bears the impress of a superhuman consciousness,” and add...

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