His Deeds + His Words = Witness (Warfield)

The Lord of Glory: A Study of the Designations of our Lord in the New Testament with Especial Reference to His Deity Benjamin B. Warfield’s 1907 publication Lord of Glory is an excellent resource for the NT study of Christ’s deity.  The subtitle is this: “A Study of the Designations of Our Lord in the New Testament with Especial Reference to His Deity.”  Here’s an excellent section I read today while studying the NT phrase Jesus is Lord:

We have already remarked that the Christian community cannot be supposed to have formed and immovably fixed in their hearts the conviction that their Lord was divine without evidence—much evidence—convincing evidence. We have also pointed out that the primary item of this evidence was our Lord’s own assertion. But there certainly must have been more evidence than our Lord’s bare assertion. Men do not without ado believe everyone who announces himself to be God, upon the bald announcement alone. There must have been attendant circumstances which supported the announcement and gave it verisimilitude,—nay, cogency—or it would not have had such power over men.

Our Lord’s life, His teachings, His character, must have been consonant with it. His deeds as well as His words must have borne Him witness. The credit accorded to His assertion is the best possible evidence that such was the case. We can understand how His followers could believe Him divine, if in point of fact He not only asserted Himself to be divine but lived as became a God, taught as befitted a divine Instructor, in all His conversation in the world manifested a perfection such as obviously was not human: and if dying, He rose again from the dead. If He did none of these things can their firm and passionate faith in His deity be explained?

 Benjamin B. Warfield, The Lord of Glory: A Study of the Designations of Our Lord in the New Testament with Especial Reference to His Deity (New York: American Tract Society, 1907), 300.

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