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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Against Modalism 9: The Divine Son Sent by the Father from Heaven to Save the World

John 3: 13,16,17
No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man… For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 7:29
But I know Him, for I am from Him, and He sent Me.

1 John 4:14
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins… And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Saviour of the world.

Here we are told that the Son of Man came down from heaven. He was sent into the World by God – that is God the Father. How can we explain this? Given that we know that the Son is God, then only the Trinitarian view that both the Father and the Son are distinct persons within the Godhead makes any sense.

God in His love sent His only begotten Son to save His people from their sins (Matt. 1:21) and with them the rest of Creation (Romans 8:19-22).

John 6:38-51,69
For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”

Jesus therefore answered and said to them, “Do not murmur among yourselves. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.

Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.

I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven... What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before?


Again, we see in this passage that the Son was sent from heaven by the Father; for heaven was where “He was before”. The Son is not merely the humanity of Christ; neither can He be the Father in another manifestation, for it is the Father who sends the Son. So again, we see that only the Trinitarian view of God makes sense in light of this evidence.

John 3:31-36
He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. He who has received His testimony has certified that God is true. For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand. He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

Moreover, in this next passage, not only do we see the Son sent from heaven from the Father, but we see the Spirit as distinct from God. How can this be? The Father stands here in the economic Trinity on behalf of the whole Godhead in sending the Son to bring everlasting life and giving the Son the Holy Spirit to sustain Him in His humanity. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are distinct persons, but the One God, committed to His people's salvation.

Continued...

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Polycarp said...

Timothy,

Which version of the Bible do you use?

Thursday, April 24, 2008 3:45:00 pm  
Blogger Timothy Davis said...

I use the NKJV. See here.

Friday, April 25, 2008 7:50:00 am  
Anonymous Polycarp said...

Thanks, Timothy. I prefer the TR line myself, but will use other translations (as long as the base text agrees with the TR) as well, such as the NET and the NRSV.

Friday, April 25, 2008 1:39:00 pm  
Blogger Timothy Davis said...

I guess it would be more accurate to say that I prefer the Byzantine textual tradition, rather than the TR as such.

I have to say that I'm not happy with the translation philosophy of either the NRSV or the NET. They are too dynamic.

Friday, April 25, 2008 1:54:00 pm  
Anonymous Polycarp said...

Timothy, I posted a response. Do they have weekends in Ireland? (I know that they don't have July 4ths! - U.S. joke) Hope you have a blessed one.

Friday, April 25, 2008 3:52:00 pm  
Anonymous Nick Norelli said...

Hey guys, the Greek text underlying the NKJV New Testament is actually the TR. The introduction to any NKJV should say this (both of mine do). But you can read it here as well.

Monday, April 28, 2008 2:16:00 am  
Blogger Timothy Davis said...

Nick,

Thanks for this. I am aware of it. Another advantage of the NKJV is that it has marginal readings from the Majority Byzantine text.

Monday, April 28, 2008 9:15:00 pm  

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