Wednesday, July 22, 2009

On the Deity of Christ: The Love of God Requires It

...but thou hast in love to my soul [delivered it] from the pit of corruption: for thou has cast all my sins behind thy back. (Isaiah 38:17)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom. 5:8)
Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law. (Rom. 13:10)
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
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Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it...(Eph. 5:1, 2, 25)
But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but by his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:4-7)
Hereby perceive we the love [of God], because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren. (1 John 3:16)
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
It is clear from these verses that love, as defined by God Himself, is shown best by sacrificing oneself.

According to Rom. 5:8, God demonstrated His own love toward us by sacrificing His Son on the cross for our sins.

It's glaringly obvious from this, that if the Son were a created being, separate from the Father in substance, that this is not a demonstration of God's love, but only of Christ's love.

In order for God (YHWH) to demonstrate His own love by His Son's sacrifice of Himself, The Son must also be YHWH.

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