Proper 14 – Series A

Ok, so Jesus is God. We confess that every week in the creed when we recite “and in one Lord, Jesus Christ,” or in even stronger language when we come to that phrase in the Nicene Creed “God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made…” We have the confession down and in our congregations and among most members of the conservative end of Christianity in North America, we are fairly unanimous in this. On the left fringe, including some within our own Synod and even more within the ELCA, we find those who doubt the divinity of Christ. Most of them, however, don’t merely doubt that Jesus is God, they usually doubt the whole existence of God. The deity of Christ has been well established among Christians since the beginning. If you want to read a great book on that, I continue to recommend Larry Hurtado’s “Lord Jesus Christ.” The disputes of the fourth century were often not so much about the divinity of Christ but how we would describe that in human words. Almost everyone at the table believed Jesus was God. 

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