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Do any major orthodox Trinitarian theologians or denominations hold that St. Paul was closer to a Biblical Unitarian than a Trinitarian? If any theologian thought this then who would consider them to be a major orthodox Trinitarian theologian? Surely not Trinitarians. You say the passages arguing that Jesus is God are opaque:- "Counter to these sorts ...


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Purpose of this article In his excellent book, Decoding Nicea, Paul Pavao wrote: “It is commonly said that the Council of Nicea was called to determine whether Jesus was God. … But if we really want to understand Nicea, then that description will not suffice. It would be more accurate to say that the Council of Nicea met to determine what the Son of God was ...


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Yes, these three texts are evidence of the pre-existence of the One they describe and yes they express more of the manner of his coming and of the purpose of his coming. The full proof was when he rose from the dead : only then is he declared (publicly) to be the Son of God. For, note, that John’s gospel account was not published until late in the first ...


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"Is this proof of the pre-existence of Jesus Christ before His incarnation as a man?" Yes. It is a direct statement of such. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. - John 1:15 A literal rendering of the italicized portion of this verse (...


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A self-subsisting being means that its essence (what it intrinsically is) is "to exist" (existence) itself. The best biblical evidence is Exodus 3:14, "I am Who am." (אֶֽהְיֶ֖ה אֲשֶׁ֣ר אֶֽהְיֶ֑ה), the most proper name of God because "the existence of God is His essence itself, which can be said of no other (q. 3 a. 4 ["Whether ...


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To properly interpret Hebrews 1:10-12 it is important to put everything in context. First, the series of arguments the author gives are to show 1 thing: that Jesus has BECOME greater than the angels because he has inherited a greater name. We must also see the structure of his arguments. He gives 3 with 2 points for each argument. He gives one point then ...


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Bible truth “is either expressly set down in scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from scripture” (The Westminster Confession of Faith). Since the concept of homoousion is not explicitly stated in the Bible, the theory is that it is “good and necessary consequence” of what we read in the Bible. Hebrews 1:3 is the only verse that ...


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“After being in session for an entire month, the Council promulgated on 19 June the original Nicene Creed” (First Council of Nicaea - Wikipedia). This means that it was not easy to reach consensus. All other councils have a similar duration; the sixth lasted almost an entire year. There were around three hundred bishoprics in attendance, and there are ...


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No, that verse is not a problem for trinitarians. It would have been a problem if it had said that God the Father had also been put under Jesus' feet, but of course it does not say that. There is a tendency, however, for that point to be missed if a person has it in their head that the Son of God is inferior to the Father (due to a belief that the Son had a ...


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Whether you realize it or not, you are basically asking (at least) two completely different questions rolled up into one; and, not only that, but (at least) one of these contains, in its turn, (at least) two different sub-questions. if the Son, in “eternity” is subordinate in His “role/function,” then He is also subordinate in His “being:” eternal role ...


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The Word, which was in the beginning with God and which was God, is what was made into flesh and dwelt among us as the man Jesus (John 1:1, 14). It is abundantly clear that this man, Jesus, was subordinate to God the Father while in the flesh for He completed all the work the Father gave him to do (John 17:4), spoke what he was given to speak (John 8:42). It ...


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"the Bible does not explain the relationship between the Father and Son in terms of substance or being" Really? All the Gospels and all the Epistles show Jesus to be God's holy, human son who was mortal in the flesh - made like us in every respect, born of Mary, Gal 4:4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent His son, born of a woman, ...


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