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GOD’S SUSTAINING POWER

January 29, 2016

Friday

 

1 Corinthians 8:6

 

yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.

 

 

LESSON

 

For instructed Christians, there is only “one God”, and “one Lord”. Paul did not mean that there are two separate “God”-beings or two Gods: “God” and “Lord.” These are two names for the one true God, who exists as united Father and Son. The Scriptures establish the deity of Jesus Christ elsewhere. Paul did not argue that point here, but simply stated the Son’s equality with the Father within the triune Godhead.

The point of difference is this: The Father is the source and goal of “all things,” whereas the Son is the agent “through” and “by whom all things” have come from God and will return to God. Since Paul’s point was the unity of the Godhead, there was no need to complicate matters by referring to the Holy Spirit here.

In this Christians and Jews agree with the best and wisest philosophers of the Gentiles, that there is but one God. Which is clear from the perfections of God, as necessary existence, eternity, infinity, omnipotence, all-sufficiency, goodness, and perfection; from one first cause of all things. From the government of the world; and from the writings of the Old and New Testament: so that to us believers this point is out of all doubt; but who this one God is the Gentiles knew not, and the Jews are very ignorant of; but we Christians know him to be “the Father”.

 

Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 1:17

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