“[He] grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man”. “The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will give.” — Isaiah 62:2
I know for many Lutherans in particular, that might seem to be a radical proposition. Maybe we are comfortable with Pastor William Weedon’s equating Athanasius’ “God became man that man might become God” with “God became a son of man that we might become a son of God”, but what to make of this?
First of all note this: it is only a child of God – by faith – that can grow in true righteousness. This statement assumes justification before God by faith.
It is my contention that this kind of theological reflection should help Lutherans in the ongoing discussions surrounding matters like the…
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