God Became Man to Grow in Righteousness, That We Might Grow in Righteousness

theology like a child

“[He] grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man”. “[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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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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