Sorry for missing the last few weeks. It's been rather busy in our congregational life. So let's get back to it with a nice, easy week. Just one citation!
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law...
-- Galatians 4:4
Verse 4 is cited by editorial insert in the first point of the teaching outlined in Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article 8: Person of Christ (SD 8.6) in order to show the parallel phrase of "when the fullness of time had come" in this passage of the Formula and the scriptures.
The point being made in this first point of the teaching on the two natures of Jesus is to clarify that when the time was right he assumed human nature but stayed fully divine. There is only one Jesus who is both the firstborn son of Mary and the only begotten Son of God the Father through whom all things were made. A simple point, but if we get this wrong, we cannot claim to be Christian as defined by the ecumenical Creeds of the Church.
- How do we check ourselves to see if we have strayed from the Christian faith?
- What do you do when you see one of God's promises being fulfilled?