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LECTURE VI.

OUR LORD'S DIVINITY AS TAUGHT BY ST. JAMES, ST. PETER, AND ST. PAUL.

Gal. ii. 9.

St. John's Christology not an intellectual idiosyncrasy
The Apostles present One Doctrine under various forms.
I. St. James's Epistle-

1. presupposes the Christology of St. Paul

2. implies a high Christology by incidental ex-
pressions

II. St. Peter

1. leads his hearers up to understand Christ's
true dignity, in his Missionary Sermons

2. exhibits Christ's Godhead more fully, in his
Epistles
III. St. Jude's Epistle implies that Christ is God
IV. St. Paul-

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1. form of his Christology compared with that
of St. John
prominent place given by him to the truths
a. of our Lord's true Mediating Manhood
B. of the Unity of the Divine Essence

2. Passages from St. Paul asserting the Divinity
of Christ in terms

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a. his doctrine of Faith

B. his account of Regeneration

y. his attitude towards the Judaizers

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3. A Divine Christ implied in the general teaching
of St. Paul's Missionary Sermons .
of St. Paul's Epistles

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4. And in some leading features of that teach-
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V. Contrasts between the Apostles do but enhance the

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Vitality of doctrines, how tested
Doctrine of Christ's Divinity strengthened by opposition.
Objections urged in modern times against the Homoousion 365
Real justification of the Homoousion-

I. The ante-Nicene Church adored Christ
Adoration of Jesus Christ

1. during His earthly Life

2. by the Church of the Apostles after His
Ascension

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Characteristics of the Adoration of Christ in the
Apostolic Age-

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a. It was not combined with any worship
of creatures

3. by the post-Apostolic Church,

in sub-Apostolic Age

in later part of Second Century
in Third Century

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expressed by hymns and doxologies
and signally at Holy Communion
assailed by Pagan sarcasms
embodied in last words of martyrs
inconsistently retained by Arians
and even by early Socinians

B. It was really the worship due to God
y. It was nevertheless addressed to Christ's
Manhood, as being united to His Deity

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II. The ante-Nicene Church spoke of Christ as Divine

Value of testimony of martyrs.
Similar testimony of theologians
Their language not mere rhetoric'.

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Answer: a. They had not grasped all the intellectual
bearings of the faith.

B. They were anxious to put strongly for-
ward the Unity of God

y. The Church's real mind not doubtful

III. The Homoousion

a. not a development in the sense of an enlarge-
ment of the faith

8. necessary 1. in the Arian struggle

2. in our own times

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1. St. Luke ii. 52 considered
2. St. Mark xiii. 32 considered

LECTURE VIII.

SOME CONSEQUENCES OF THE DOCTRINE OF OUR LORD'S DIVINITY.
Rom. viii. 32.

Theology must be, within limits, inferential'.
What the doctrine of Christ's Divinity involves
I. Conservative force of the doctrine-

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1. It protects the Idea of God in human thought, 452 a. which Deism cannot guard

B. and which Pantheism destroys

2. It secures the true dignity of Man

II Illuminative force of the doctrine

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A single limitation of knowledge in Christ's
Human Soul apparently indicated
admitted by great Fathers
does not involve Agnoetism
nor Nestorianism

a. It implies Christ's Infallibility as a Teacher. 461 Objections from certain texts

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is consistent with the practical immensity
of Christ's human knowledge

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is distinct from, and does not imply fal-
libility, still less actual error

Application to our Lord's sanction of the

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B. It explains the atoning virtue of Christ's death 480 7. It explains the supernatural power of the Sacraments

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d. It irradiates the meaning of Christ's kingly
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III. Ethical fruitfulness of the doctrine

Objection—that a Divine Christ supplies no standard
for our imitation

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Answer-1. An approximate imitation of Christ
secured

Conclusion

2. by the reality of His Manhood

B. by the grace which flows from Him
as God and Man

2. Belief in Christ's Godhead has propa

gated virtues, unattainable by pagan-
ism and naturalism--.

a. Purity

8. Humility

y. Charity

under present dangers

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Recapitulation of the argument

Faith in a Divine Christ, the strength of the Church

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