Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Hebrews 1:3 - A Refutation to Roger Perkins and Other Oneness Advocates
12/23/2011 - Alan Kurschner“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature [kai charaktēr tēs hypostaseōs autou] and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,” (Heb 1:3 ESV)
The author of Hebrews expands on describing the Son's radiance of the glory of God by ascribing to the Son, "the exact imprint of [God's] nature." The Greek expression used is highly significant: "charaktēr tēs hypostaseōs autou." This statement about the Son being the exact representation of the essence of God tells us two things about the Son: (1) He is divine, and (2) is distinguished from another person (the Father in this case) because he shares in—represents—the same nature as another person.
For if the Son were the Father, it would be strange, if not illogical, to speak of him as the representation of God's nature. There are two persons in view here, not one.
Moreover, the last statement in this verse, "he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high," demonstrates two co-existing persons.
Therefore the Son cannot be identified as the Father.
Will the Current Administration of the United States Government Submit the First Amendment to Sharia Law?
12/10/2011 - James WhiteTruly makes me wonder how long we will be able to engage in debates with Muslims before such activity is "illegal." Of course, will anyone note that the Qur'an condemns as "unbelief" the Christian confession of Jesus as the Son of God? Well, not in today's media and culture, that's for sure. Christianity is fair game. Inconsistency is the sign of a...very sick, truth-starved culture.
The Lord Answered William Lane Craig
12/08/2011 - Alan Kurschner"The counterfactuals of creaturely freedom which confront Him are outside His control. [God] has to play with the hand He has been dealt." —W. L. Craig
“Who is this who darkens counsel with words without knowledge? (3) Get ready for a difficult task like a man; I will question you and you will inform me! (4) “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you possess understanding! (5) Who set its measurements–if you know– or who stretched a measuring line across it? (6) On what were its bases set, or who laid its cornerstone– (7) when the morning stars sang in chorus, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? (8) “Who shut up the sea with doors when it burst forth, coming out of the womb, (9) when I made the storm clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band, (10) when I prescribed its limits, and set in place its bolts and doors, (11) when I said, ‘To here you may come and no farther, here your proud waves will be confined’? (12) Have you ever in your life commanded the morning, or made the dawn know its place, (13) that it might seize the corners of the earth, and shake the wicked out of it? (14) The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features are dyed like a garment. (15) Then from the wicked the light is withheld, and the arm raised in violence is broken. (16) Have you gone to the springs that fill the sea, or walked about in the recesses of the deep? (17) Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Have you seen the gates of deepest darkness? (18) Have you considered the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know it all!” (Job 38:2–18).