Tuesday, August 30, 2011
CHRIST AS AN ANGEL BEFORE NICEA
NOVATION (circa. 210–280 C.E.): “...the imitator of His Father’s works and powers, “the image of the invisible God;” “who came down from heaven;” who testified what things he had seen and heard; who “came not to do His own will, but rather to do the will of the Father,” by whom He had been sent for this very purpose, that being made the “[ANGEL] MESSENGER OF GREAT COUNSEL,”...” - (Chapter XXI. A Treatise of Novatian Concerning the Trinity. ANF Roberts & Donaldson)
[FOOTNOTE 5183]: John v. 19. The infirmities of language are such that cunning men like Petavius can construct anti-Nicene doctrine out of Scripture itself; and the marvel is, that the Christian Fathers before the Council of Nicæa generally use such precision of language, although they lacked the synodical definitions.
[FOOTNOTE 5184]: Col. i. 15.
[FOOTNOTE 5185]: John iii. 31, 32.
[FOOTNOTE 5186]: John iv. 38.
NOVATION (circa. 210–280 C.E.): “...And thus, although Christ had not been born as yet in the times of Isaiah the prophet, he said, “For unto us a child is born;” and although Mary had not yet been approached, he said, “And I approached unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son.” And when Christ had not yet made known the mind of the Father, it is said, “And His name shall be called THE ANGEL OF GREAT COUNSEL.”...” - (Chapter XXVIII. A Treatise of Novatian Concerning the Trinity. ANF Roberts & Donaldson)
[FOOTNOTE 5240]: Isa. ix. 6, LXX. See pp. 628, 632, supra.