Expositor: Josef Urban / Text: John 1:1: / Series: The Gospel of John / Type: Sermon
The Prologue to the Gospel of John was written by a son of thunder who masterfully grounds the Good News of salvation in the greatness of God the Son's identity. The Logos is the personal, eternal, consubstantial Wisdom of God who has preexisted from all eternity, always enjoyed intimate communion with the Father, is distinct from the Father in His personal subsistence, and bears full deity. The eternal Logos shares in the names, nature, attributes, titles, works, worship, and glory of God. Excluded here are the heresies of Arianism, which taught that Christ was inferior to the supreme God and Father as a created and semi-divine being, and the heresy of Sabellionism, which denies the Trinity by teaching that God is only a singular Person who changes His external modes of manifestation. Our Savior must be distinct as a Person from the Father, or else there is no basis for the incarnation and outworking of the plan of redemption in history (since it is the order of subsistence in the ontological Trinity that makes it proper for the Son to become incarnate in the economy of redemption); and He must be fully divine, or else He would be insufficient to meet the needs of our souls before God (since His merit would be limited).
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