By Ralph Larson
For the final a number of many years the human nature of Christ has been the topic of excessive examine in a few scholarly Seventh-day Adventist circles. The e-book of "Questions on Doctrine" (1957) set the degree for nearly 3 a long time of as but unresolved debate, witnessed so much lately within the opposing perspectives released facet by means of facet within the June 1985 factor of Ministry journal. Dr. Ralph S. Larson, for a number of years Coordinator of the Church and ministry division of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, some distance east, enters the controversy with The observe was once Made Flesh, with a restricted, really really good aim. Dr. Larson doesn't deal at once with the total factor of Christ's human nature. He lines the knowledge of this element of Christology in the Seventh-day Adventist Church from 1852 till 1952. Dr Larson presents right here a reasonably complete survey of the ancient facts, and his contribution to the examine of this significant subject is intensely worthwhile. even if we agree or now not together with his conclusions, we're all indebted to him for the painstaking paintings of assembling this huge compilation of statements made in writing by means of Seventh-day Adventists for 100 years. For a few readers, cautious interpreting of "The be aware used to be Made Flesh" would possibly not supply all of the definitive solutions sought, even if, it's going to absolutely turn out to be for all a such a lot enriching and stimulating event.
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What infirmities more human, more severe, more humiliating shall He take, in order to be touched with the feeling of yours? 1864 Ellen White Spiritual Gifts Vol. IV, p. 1 15 It was in the order of God that Christ should take upon Himself the form and nature of fallen man . . ) 35 36 BEFORE THE BAKER LETTER Ellen White 1870 RH 4/19170 p. 139, col. 1, BV 95 . (He) took our nature that He might understand how to sympathize with our frailty. . · Ellen White RH 5/3 1170 p. 185, col. 2, BV 97 . Christ humiliated Himself to humanity, and took upon Himself our natures .
GW 128 The unsanctified will and passions must be crucified. Our . . evil passions . . must all be overcome. - - 3T 84 3T 1 15 Whatever may be the evil practice, the master passion, which through long indulgence binds both soul and body, Christ is able and longs to deliver. DA 203 - - Fretfulness, self exaltation, pride, passion . . must be overcome. 4T527 And just as in the previous list we found an equation of passion with propensity, we find the same equation here: (The wife) is made an instrument to minister to the gratification of low.
He might reach man where he is. He obtains for the fallen sons and daughters of Adam that strength which it is impossible for them to gain for themse lves . In Christ's humiliation He descended to the very depth of human woe in sympathy and pity for fallen man, which was represented to Jacob by one end of the ladder resting upon the earth . BEFORE THE BAKER LETTER . . Angels may pass from heaven to earth with messages of love to fallen man . . Editori al James Wh ite, General Conference President, Review Editor, etc.
The Word Was Made Flesh. One hundred years of seventh-day adventist christology by Ralph Larson