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Wordwise Insight, Issue #134
October 14, 2015
IN THIS ISSUE...
BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Is Christ Lord of all?
WORDWISE HYMNS: My Blog called Wordwise Hymns for you to check out!
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Lord of AllQUESTION: How can Jesus be the God of all people? He Himself said He was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel (Matt. 15:24).
ANSWER: This is a case of needing to distinguish God's program from His Person. And needing to distinguish the steps in His program from His ultimate goal.
His Program and His Person
As to God Himself, He is One God in three Persons. The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God, yet there is only one God. Each of the three Persons of the Trinity is fully God, and worthy of equal honour with the others, yet there is only one God. Each Person of the Trinity has a unique function and ministry, yet there is only one God.
We should not reject this truth simply because there is nothing we can see in nature that parallels it, or that can fully illustrate it. God is infinitely transcendent; He is utterly supreme and unique. Nothing, and no one else is like Him.
One of many attempts to illustrate the Trinity is a figure called the triquetra. It is one figure, with three distinct points, yet no point can exist without the others. They are all three interconnected and each is equal to the others.
That is helpful. But the triquetra fails to deal adequately with the uniqueness of each Person in the triune Godhead. The points are all exactly the same, which is not true of the Persons of the Trinity. For example, Jesus Christ is both God and Man, but the Spirit of God is not a Man.
The difficulty of explaining these truths was not lost on the Bible's authors. John was a Jew who was taught there is only one true God (Deut. 6:4). Yet he wrote of Christ, whom he called ...
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Lord of All.)
MY BLOG ON HYMNS!
Come and Pay Us a Visit!I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.
But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!
Through 2010, almanac entries dealt with what happened in hymn history on each day of the year. Beginning in 2011, I hope to analyze hymns from a biblical standpoint, linking to the material that has come before.
My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.
What happened on this day in hymnology? To find out, click
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