Friday, December 30, 2050

The Most Important Blogposts in This Blog


This blogpost lists what I (subjectively) believe to be the most important blogposts in this blog. There are three sections. The first section is on the Deity of Christ. The second section is on the Trinity or the Plurality of God. The third section is on the Deity of the Holy Spirit. Each section has links to blogposts where the most important links (as I perceive it) are above, and with the lesser links below. For example, in the section on The Deity of Christ my blog "Identifying Jesus with Yahweh/Jehovah" (which is nearer the top) is much more important than my blogpost "The Spirit of Jesus" (which is near the bottom of the section).

Here's my main Resources in Defense of Trinitarianism

Here's a link to my blogpost where I've collected links to outside blogs where I've commented and interacted with others on the topic of the Trinity: Blog Comments on the Trinity



The Deity of Christ

Of the Distinct Personality, and Deity of the Son by John Gill

Markan Christology

The Jewish Trinity: How the Old Testament Reveals the Christian Godhead by Dr. Michael Heiser

Identifying Jesus with Yahweh/Jehovah

Jesus as Yahweh/Jehovah Resources

 The Angel of the LORD by E.W. Hengstenberg

The Angel of the Lord; or Manifestations of Christ in the Old Testament by W. Pakenham Walsh

"Why Do You Call Me Good?" — Did Jesus Deny Being God in Mark 10:17-18

Jesus' Claim to be the Temple of God Proves His Full Deity

Jesus as God by Murray J. Harris

The Names of Jesus by Elmer L. Towns

 Pre-Existence of Jesus in the Synoptic Gospels

The Requirement to Love Jesus Is Evidence of Jesus' Divinity

The Tempting/Testing of Christ Is Evidence of Christ's Full Deity

The "Cup and Table of the Lord" As Evidence for Christ's Full Deity

Concerning 1 John 5:20 ( from The Trinity: Evidences and Issues)

Romans 9:5 and Christ's Full Deity

Regarding Mark 14:62 and Daniel 7:13; Jesus Coming With the Clouds

Doxologies to Christ

The Wings of Christ Are God's Wings

Jesus the True and Proper SON of God

The Meaning of the Term "Son of Man"

Jesus' "Breaking" the Sabbath as Evidence of His Equality with the Father

Jesus Lord of the Sabbath

John 20:28 And Its Proximity To John 20:30-31 

God in the Midst

Lord [Jesus Christ] Willing? God's Will and Christ's Will

The Reverence for Jesus is the Fear of Jehovah

 Trust in Jesus Is Apparently Trust in Jehovah 

The Spirit of Jesus

The Trinity and the Deity of the Messiah From a Messianic Perspective

Matthew 1:23 and "ho theos"

Concerning the Magnificent and August Names and Titles of the Messiah in the Old Testament by John Gill

Revelation 22:12-13 and the Deity of Christ

Worshipping a Merely Human Jesus Is Wrong No Matter How Exalted

God, gods and Jesus in John 10:30-39

Is the "Oneness" of John 10:30 a "Oneness" of Purpose or Being?

Jesus' Omniscience

Why Don't the Synoptics Have Jesus Claiming to be the "I Am"? 

Brief Selective Survey of Christ's Full Deity in the Synoptics

Melchizedek Resembles the Son of God, Not the Other Way Around

Interactions with Well Known Unitarian and Philosopher Dale Tuggy 

 

The Trinity or Plurality of God

The Doctrine Of The Trinity Stated And Vindicated by John Gill 

Links to John Gill's Chapters on the Trinity in His Work "A Body of Doctrinal Divinity"

The Jewish Trinity: How the Old Testament Reveals the Christian Godhead by Dr. Michael Heiser

Old Testament Passages Implying Plurality in God

Proving That There Is A Plurality In The Godhead

Quotes from "Of A Plurality In The Godhead" by John Gill

Edward Henry Bickersteth's Books In Defense of the Trinity

All Three Persons of the Trinity Mentioned In Scripture (Directly or Indirectly)

Omniscience of the Persons of the Trinity

The Aaronic Blessing Is Highly Suggestive of the Doctrine of the Trinity

Regarding Jewish Professor Dr. Sommer's Comments About the Trinity

Quotations from the Jewish New Testament Commentary by David H. Stern

The Great Mystery; or, How Can Three Be One? [The Trinity in Early Judaism]

Comments and Blog Posts on the Trinity

Do Rocks Dream of Ceramic Sheep? OR Jade Runner

F[L]air-minded Reinvention of the Wheel

The Most Plausible Anti-Trinitarian Complaint

Speculative Arguments In Defense of the Trinity

Miscellaneous Speculative and/or Suggestive Arguments In Defense of the Trinity

Problematic Passages Used In Defense of the Trinity

The Trinity and the Deity of the Messiah From a Messianic Perspective

A Formulation and Defense of the Doctrine of the Trinity by William Lane Craig

The Trinity At the Beginning of Creation

Interactions with Mike Gantt

Part One:  F[L]air-minded Reinvention of the Wheel

Part Two:  Do Rocks Dream of Ceramic Sheep? OR Jade Runner


 

The Deity of the Holy Spirit

The Full Deity of the Holy Spirit

Of the Distinct Personality, and Deity of the Holy Spirit by John Gill

Praying to and Worshipping the Holy Spirit

The Witness of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit Contradicts the Accidence of Personality

The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament 

The Names of the Holy Spirit by Elmer L. Towns

Do the Father and Son Love the Holy Spirit?

 


 

 Some eye opening articles from the Jews for Jesus website:

Jewishness and the Trinity

The Trinity: Questions and Answers

A Look at the Trinity From a Messianic Jewish Perspective

Kabbalah's Best Kept Secret?

 

 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Melchizedek Resembles the Son of God, Not the Other Way Around

 

Hebrews 7:3 presents Jesus as eternally preexistent in the past as well as eternal in the future.

Heb. 7:3 "He [i.e. Melchizedek] is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever."

The reason why Unitarians don't see the eternal preexistence of Christ in Heb. 7:3 is because they read it with their Unitarian colored glasses as teaching the Son of God was made to RESEMBLE MELCHIZEDEK. But that's the opposite of what it's saying. It DOESN'T say the Son of God was made to resemble Melchizedek. Rather it says Melchizedek was made to RESEMBLE CHRIST the Son of God. Yes, it's true that earlier in redemptive history Melchizedek was a type of Christ, while Christ was the later anti-type and fulfillment of the type of Melchizedek. Is this a contradiction to what I argued above? No, because even further back [i.e. earlier] than Melchizedek, the eternal Son of God was the archetype of Melchizedek. As the type [Melchizedek] had the appearance of having no beginning, so Jesus the anti-type who is the reality and fullness of the type ACTUALLY had "neither beginning of days nor end of life". This is why the author could say Jesus Christ is "the same YESTERDAY, today and forever" [Heb. 13:8]. And why Ps. 102 which was originally about Yehovah/Yahweh could be applied to Jesus in Heb. 1:10ff. Attributing to Him the divine prerogative and characteristics of creation, immutability, eternality, aseity. If the author of Hebrews only wanted to affirm the eternality of the Son of God moving forward in time, but not backward in time, he wouldn't have described Melchizedek [whom he says resembles the Son of God] as having the appearance of "having neither beginning of days nor end of life". Instead, the author of Hebrews would have only said Melchizedek had no apparent end of life [leaving out not having beginning of days].

The Jamieson, Fausset & Brown commentary on Heb. 7:3 states:
//"...When Alford denies that Melchisedec was made like the Son of God in respect of his priesthood, on the ground that Melchisedec was prior in time to our Lord, he forgets that Christ's eternal priesthood was an archetypal reality in God's purpose from everlasting, to which Melchisedec's priesthood was "made like" in due time. The Son of God is the more ancient, and is the archetype: compare Heb 8:5, where the heavenly things are represented as the primary archetype of the Levitical ordinances. ..."//
https://biblehub.com/commentaries/hebrews/7-3.htm

Just to make it clear, I think Melchizedek was a normal human being who did have parents and possibly even descendants. But that doesn't undermine my point. Melchizedek is said to have been made to resemble the Son of God. So, when he's described as appearing to not have had beginning of days or end of life, the author is implying that the Son of God literally had no beginning of days or end of life. Because Melchizedek was made to appear like and resemble the Son of God.

When dealing with Unitarians, it's sometimes necessary to point out the following:

When the text says, Melchizedek was made to resemble the Son of God. How does the text say he resembles the Son of God? By having the appearance [though not the reality] of having no beginning of days or end of life. Meaning, the Son of God actually had no beginning of days or end of life. Again, when you recognize that difference between X resembling Y vs. Y resembling X, you'll see that the author is saying Jesus really has what Melchizedek only had the appearance, but not the reality of. Namely, beginninglessness and endlessness.


Sunday, February 28, 2021

Sam Waldron on "Who’s Tampering with the Trinity?"

 

In one of David Waltz's blogs he links to Sam Waldron's series "Who’s Tampering with the Trinity?" The series addresses the Monarchy of God the Father, Eternal Generation, and the Filioque.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10

Part 11

Part 12

Part 13

Part 14

Part 15

Part 16

Part 17

Part 18


The Arian Controversy by H.M. Gwatkin

 

R.P.C. Hanson's book The Search for the Christian Doctrine of God: The Arian Controversy, 318-381 is considered by most scholars to be the modern classic and standard resource dealing with the Arian controversy. In the previous generation, two of the classics were Henry Melvill Gwatkin's books, Studies of Arianism and The Arian Controversy. The latter was a condensed and updated version of the earlier and fuller tome. Having read The Arian Controversy, I noticed a clear bias for the Trinitarian position. As a Trinitarian myself, I agree; but I wish he, as a historian, would have been a bit more objective and fair with the opposing views.

The Arian Controversy by H.M. Gwatkin [or Here]

Studies of Arianism by H.M. Gwatkin




Christ's Personal Preexistence Taught in Col. 1:15-20 by Abner Chou

 


Abner Chou, one of the translators of the highly anticipated upcoming Legacy Standard Bible, gives a freehand visual of how Col. 1:17-18 is sandwiched IN BETWEEN verses 15-16 that has to do with Creation, and verses 19-20 that has to do with the NEW Creation. By him demonstrating this, he proves the personal preexistence of Christ. 

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