Category Archives: T. F. Torrance

“The mystery of the Virgin Birth is the basis of the mystery of the resurrection”

The Virgin Birth cannot be understood in abstraction from the triumphant consummation of Christ’s life in his resurrection, for it is there that the mystery of his Person is revealed. In fact the birth of Jesus of the Virgin Mary … Continue reading

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“What a sharp contrast there is between Christmas and the tense life of our vexed world!”

What a sharp contrast there is between Christmas, with its lovely carols about the birth of Jesus, and the tense life of our vexed world! That is the baffling incongruity of Christmas which we felt during the war, and which … Continue reading

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“In his first Advent Jesus came not with glory and power but in grace and humiliation”

In his first Advent Jesus came not with glory and power but in grace and humiliation. He came in such a way to enter into our guilty human life and to heal it from within by His suffering and death on … Continue reading

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Thinking Trinity: No God Behind the Back of Jesus

What if the Nicene assertion of Christ’s Jesus’ consubstantial unity with the Father is not true? In the previous article I focused on the story of the paralytic and Christ’s word of forgiveness and argued that if Christ is not … Continue reading

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Thinking Trinity: What if Jesus ain’t homoousios with the Father?

What would happen to the gospel if the Nicene confession of the consubstantiality of the Father and the Son were not true? Would there even be a gospel? Consider the story of Jesus and the paralytic: And when he returned to … Continue reading

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Thinking Trinity: The Jigsaw Puzzle of the Homoousion

Once a believer has fully grasped the decisive significance of homoousion, there can be no returning to a more “biblical” or more “historical” Jesus; for the only Jesus that was and is is the incarnate Son eternally begotten from the … Continue reading

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Thinking Trinity: Homoousion as Dogma

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by … Continue reading

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