Friday, March 14, 2014

The Wisdom of God

"Throughout this discussion, Athanasius relies heavily on Paul's statement in 1 Corinthians 1:24 that Christ is the "Wisdom" and "Power" of God.  He takes that statement quite straightforwardly.  The Father does have "His own" Wisdom and Word and Power, but "His own" Wisdom and Power is the Son himself, a hypostatic Word and Wisdom, the Word and Wisdom that is the Father's image." - Leithart, Athanasius, p75.

I've wondered about this "power" and "person" distinction in considering Ephesians 1:19-20 - "and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places," (NKJV).

"...His mighty power which He worked in Christ..."  There is more here than simply that the Father did something upon Christ.  He did something in Christ.

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