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    Glen sent me this email:

    Glen B Smith
    To:lou newton

    Dec 26 at 2:45 AM

    Who's that in the manger?

    Liberal theology has again made its claim this Christmas season on the TV that the deity of Jesus is absent from the writings of the first Christians until the Gospel of John which they date to the late first century or early second century – which is sixty plus years after the crucifixion. Their agenda is to create as much distance from the death of Jesus so as to allow a feasible time for myth and legend to develop. Such opinions start from a naturalistic presupposition which denies the possibility of the supernatural and divine revelation. It is an agenda that ignores all that contradicts their purpose.

    However, that same liberal theology recognizes the epistles of the Apostle Paul were written much earlier. These epistles attribute deity to the Lord Jesus.

    Philippians 2:6-11 was written about A.D. 61-62

    Romans 9:5 written about A.D 57

    Colossians 1:15-16 about A.D. 62

    Titus 2:13 about A.D. 63-64

    Philippians 2:6-11 LOST

    6(Jesus Christ) who being in essence (morphe) deity, did not regard equality to deity to be eagerly grasped. 7 but emptied himself a rightful essence (morphe), born in likeness of men and found in appearance a man. 8 he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore, God exalted him and bestowed him the name that above every name, 10 so that at the name Jesus every knee bow, heaven and earth and underworld, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ Lord, to glory deity Father.

    Philippians 2:6-11 is considered a creed or hymn sung in the early church. The Apostle Paul is quoting this creed in this epistle. Some English version of the Bible indicate creeds and hymns with presenting the creed in verse form.

    Philippians 2:6-11 International Standard Version (ISV)

    6 In God’s own form existed he,
    and shared with God equality,
    deemed nothing needed grasping.
    7 Instead, poured out in emptiness,
    a servant’s form did he possess,
    a mortal man becoming.
    In human form he chose to be,
    8 and lived in all humility,
    death on a cross obeying.
    9 Now lifted up by God to heaven,
    a name above all others given,
    this matchless name possessing.
    10 And so, when Jesus’ name is called,
    the knees of everyone should fall,
    wherever they’re residing.
    11 Then every tongue in one accord,
    will say that Jesus the Messiah is Lord,
    while God the Father praising.


    But . . . but Creeds, Catechisms, Hymns, Antiphonal Singing date back years before the Apostle Paul's first missionary journey about A.D. 45.


    The early church formulated creeds – even before the books of the New Testament were written – and used them to proclaim and share the faith. A creed (from the Latin “credo” which means: “I believe”) is a memorized statement which was declared, shared and passed between believers at early church meetings. Many of the creeds were incorporated into the New Testament books; some as early as the gospels but others in apostolic letters.

    These verbal statements of faith were first in Aramaic and are easily recognized, because they use a different style than other passages, contain Aramaic words, and/or often are introduced by an “I-pass-on-as-I-received” constructions. If translated back to the original, most creeds exhibit poetic features and sound like old hymns.

    This made for easier and better memorizing.

    By far the two most important creeds are the recollections of the sharing of the bread and wine at the Lord’s supper in 1 Corinthians 11:23-29 and Paul’s testimony about the resurrection appearances in 1 Corinthians 15:3-8. Other creeds are found in Romans 1:3-4 and 10:9, 1 Timothy 3:16, 2 Timothy 2:8 and Philippians 2:6-11. Creeds can also be found in the sermons of Peter and Paul in Acts.

    These creeds are the oldest Christian testimonies to Jesus’ ministry, His teachings, and resurrection; some may date within a year or two of the resurrection, but all agree before A.D. 36-37.

    Even the most critical liberal scholars acknowledge that these creeds are to be considered reliable eyewitness testimony from a period exceptionally close (within months) to the actual events.


    So, how did the very first Christians answer the question,

    "Who's that in the manger?"

    And with that, REJOICE! for the reason of every Merry Christmas.

    25 December 2019 the old scribe