Once all the church fathers went to their long home it was up to simple people like fishermen, tentmakers and carpenters to make sense out of things. These were the folks charged with cleaning up the mess (physical and spiritual) that was left behind once the reunion ended. Pragmatticus was a janitor who could see things that escaped the notice of the wise and learned. Meticulus was the clear-eyed scribe who had learned to see things for himself.
They wondered what was so wrong with the simple truth of scripture that declared just one God. This was the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. He was the God who appeared to Moses in the burning bush. He was none other than the God of Israel. That God had never described Himself as an essence or a substance that “subsisted” in three distinct persons. He was God alone! Known to us as the Father. His name is YHWH.
In His eternal plan to redeem us to Himself, He fathered a Son (Jesus). This happened when Mary was visited by His Spirit and the Virgin conceived God’s one and only Son. We know him as our Messiah, the Anointed One, the Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, our Kinsman Redeemer. He went about doing good and spoke truth to religious authorities and they hated him for it, so they killed him. He rose from the dead and became the first fruits of God’s great plan. He is immortal and offers immortality to those who believe in Him, trust His words, and obey Him. Jesus is God’s unique agent on our behalf and He speaks and acts with God’s authority because that has been given to Him.
The simplicity of all this is far beneath the sophistication of the learned ones who are ever learning but never able to come to a knowledge of this truth. When scripture says, “There is One God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5)we are among those who choose to believe it. For us there is no hypostatic union and no homoousious. We worship no co-equal divine persons. There is one God and His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. We purpose to know nothing more or less than Jesus Christ and Him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:2)
It is a radical approach indeed that believes God is well able to express Himself perfectly, just as He chooses. As for God, His way is perfect and His word is flawless. Some translations say His word is pure, others say it is faultless. His word is precise, refined, reliable, trustworthy, tried, tested and true. We cannot say this about the words of the church fathers or the platonic philosophy that inspired them. This may be why scripture cautions us to shun philosophy as a miserable substitute for the things God has said.
Pragmatticus’ final duty was to walk through the meeting halls of the great Reunion with a dustpan and a broom. He swept all the philosophical ideas and jargon, along with the pride of the church fathers into his dustpan. Then he put it in the waste bin of history where it belongs, while Meticulus looked on with appreciation and respect. When the janitor and the scribe inspected the final result there was nothing left but the words and teachings of God and of His Son. They both thought that looked pretty good and realized their work was done. The Allstars Reunion had finally come to an end.
This post concludes the Theology Allstars Reunion and the official account of what happened there. Thank you for coming to visit! We hope our efforts have blessed and cheered you, and perhaps given you a few insights that will help you on your way home to God. If you enjoyed the Reunion you are sure to love our brand new companion website. You can find it at www.wonderfultheology.com Please come and visit us there! (We hope to have it online by the middle of October 2021)
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