Christology QuestionsPosted: May 16, 2014
Explain John Arrowsmith’s understanding on the nature of Christ human nature?
John Arrowsmithconcluded that Christ took a human nature clothed with infirmities as after the fall not before the fall. This is implied in his view by the word Flesh but he affirms that Christ did not take on all the infirmities of man distinguishing between painful infirmities and sinful infirmities, the latter Christ did not take on.
What distinction did Thomas Gooodwin make between the human and divine natures of Christ?
Thomas Goodwin declared that the two natures could not be changed into the other, for God was immutable and it was impossible for the nature of man should become the Nature of God, since the Essence of the Godhead is incommunicable. Therefore the perfections of Christ’s human nature come infinitely short of the attributes that are essential to the Godhead.
Describe some of Thomas Goodwin’s unconventional views on Christology?
Crisp’s saw that John Owen’s view on Christology was not conventional like Owen Godwin wrote that the Spirit sanctified the human nature and constituted Him as the Christ. Goodwin saw the Spirit as the immediate author of Christ graces for though Christ being the Son of God dwelt personally in the human nature and so advanced in His nature above ordinary creatures. All Christ graces were from the Holy Spirit, the Puritans varied on this point.
Explain how the Puritans saw the Spirit as Christ inseparable companion?
The Puritans saw the role of the Spirit in nearly every major event in the life of Christ. The Father decreed that the Son should assume flesh. The Son voluntarily took on flesh according to the will of the Father, but the Holy Spirit was the immediate divine efficiency of the incarnation (Luke 1:35- Matt. 1:18, 20). At Christ baptism the Spirit descended upon Him the Spirit played a major role in His temptation. His miracles the Pharisees ascribed to Beelzebub but He lets them know they blaspheme the Holy Spirit by saying this. His resurrection is attributed to the Spirit (Romans 8:11).
Describe Bavinck’s view regarding the intimate relationship between the Spirit and Christ?
For Bavinck the work of the Holy Spirit with respect to Christ human nature does not stand by itself. The Spirits work began at conception but it did not stop there, it continued throughout Christ entire life, even right into the exaltation. The Holy Spirit is the author of all creaturely lifeand specifically of the religious ethical life in humans. If humans in general cannot have communion with God except by the Holy Spirit, then this applies even more powerfully to Christ human nature.