Cyril of Alexandria (d. 444 AD) wrote a helpful commentary on the Gospel of Luke. Cyril’s stand for the biblical teaching of Christ’s deity comes through clearly in his commentary. Here’s one example from his comments on Luke 9:47, where it says that Jesus knew the thoughts of his disciples’ hearts:
And now let him who thinks that Jesus was a mere man learn that he is in error, and far gone from the truth. For let him know, that though God the Word became flesh, yet that it was not possible for Him to cease to be that which He was, and that He continued to be God. For to be able to search the hearts and reins, and know their secrets, is the attribute of the supreme God alone, and besides Him of no other being whatsoever. But behold, Christ searcheth the thoughts of the holy Apostles, and fixeth the eye of Godhead upon their hidden feelings. Therefore He too is God, as being adorned with honours thus glorious and divine.
The doctrine of Christ’s deity isn’t a late development in Christian theology. The early church fathers believed it, defended it, and got it from Scripture. As we think about Jesus today, it’s necessary for us to follow in the footsteps of those who have gone before us – who have followed in the footsteps of the apostles, and ultimately Christ himself.
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