Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Edwards on the Impeccability of Jesus
10/18/2007 - Jeff DownsFor those interested in the theology of Jonathan Edwards and/or the impeccability of Jesus (i.e. He could not sin), maybe interested in this recently published journal article:
Jonathan Edwards's Freedom of the Will and his defence of the impeccability of Jesus Christ, by Philip J Fisk. Scottish Journal of Theology, Vol. 60, Is. 3 (article is not online).
Here is the abstract:
It is in Jonathan Edwards's Freedom of the Will (1754) that he reconciles impeccability and freedom of the will in the human soul of Jesus Christ, even when Jesus is in a state of trial. But how does he shape a synthesis between these two attributes without duplicity, and at the same time avoid theological and christological barbs, whether Arminian or Hobbist, Nestorian or Apollinist? For Edwards, the Son of God did not surrender impeccability when he undertook to fulfil – in human nature, and in a state of trial – intra-trinitarian promises, promises made not only by the Father to the Son, but by the Son to the Father. Edwards views the habits of the heart of Jesus Christ progressing in holiness from the moment of his incarnation. He understands the excellencies that the Son of God brought to the human nature in the incarnation in no way to have added to nor to have diminished the impeccable holy disposition of his person. A key to interpreting the holy habits of Jesus’ heart is, according to Edwards, to view the source of the impeccability of the soul of Jesus as lying in its essence, not in a cause outside his person; it lies in the very disposition of his heart.
I do believe you can purchase the article from the link above.
Rod Decker on Bart Ehrman
10/15/2007 - Jeff DownsBack in August I posted this resource from Rodney Decker on critiquing Ehrman's Bauerian views. If you would rather load the MP3 into your iPod, here is the link.