Athanasius Against the World


For the past two weeks I have been teaching on Athanasius of whom the Athanasian Creed is named, though he did not write it. The lectures are posted in the Apologetics Videos section of this blog and I encourage you to watch and hopefully learn about this great man of God.


Athanasius stood against 90-95% of the church which had fallen for the Arian heresy that Jesus was a created being and not fully God. Amongst the heretical teachings of that day were also the Modalists. While we categorize the Jehovah's Witnesses as Arians many do not realize that many popular teachers today, familiar faces, books in the front of the Christian bookstore, are modern Modalists (TD Jakes, Paula White, to name two among the many.) Also, many pentecostal churches deny the Trinity using Three Personalities instead of the historic and biblically based term Three Persons of the Godhead.





Athanasius was the staunchest ally of the Trinity and the Deity of Christ and we would benefit to study this doctrine in a day where truth seems to not matter much anymore.


Next Monday, March 15th the Zoom lessons will be held (2pm MT) and you are welcome to join our group and participate with us. To prepare, I ask that you read through the Athanasian Creed and watch the two videos as well here: Part 1 https://www.lutherangirl.org/apologetics-course-videos?wix-vod-comp-id=comp-kkoawg4c and here: Part 2 .


See you all Monday and don't forget to register on the form at www.lutherangirl.org .



Whoever desires to be saved should above all hold to the catholic faith.

Anyone who does not keep it whole and unbroken will doubtless perish eternally.

Now this is the catholic faith:

That we worship one God in trinity and the trinity in unity, neither blending their persons nor dividing their essence. For the person of the Father is a distinct person, the person of the Son is another, and that of the Holy Spirit still another. But the divinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is one, their glory equal, their majesty coeternal.

What quality the Father has, the Son has, and the Holy Spirit has. The Father is uncreated, the Son is uncreated, the Holy Spirit is uncreated.

The Father is immeasurable, the Son is immeasurable, the Holy Spirit is immeasurable.

The Father is eternal, the Son is eternal, the Holy Spirit is eternal.

And yet there are not three eternal beings; there is but one eternal being. So too there are not three uncreated or immeasurable beings; there is but one uncreated and immeasurable being.

Similarly, the Father is almighty, the Son is almighty, the Holy Spirit is almighty. Yet there are not three almighty beings; there is but one almighty being.

Thus the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God. Yet there are not three gods; there is but one God.

Thus the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, the Holy Spirit is Lord. Yet there are not three lords; there is but one Lord.

Just as Christian truth compels us to confess each person individually as both God and Lord, so catholic religion forbids us to say that there are three gods or lords.

The Father was neither made nor created nor begotten from anyone. The Son was neither made nor created; he was begotten from the Father alone. The Holy Spirit was neither made nor created nor begotten; he proceeds from the Father and the Son.

Accordingly there is one Father, not three fathers; there is one Son, not three sons; there is one Holy Spirit, not three holy spirits.

Nothing in this trinity is before or after, nothing is greater or smaller; in their entirety the three persons are coeternal and coequal with each other.

So in everything, as was said earlier, we must worship their trinity in their unity and their unity in their trinity.

Anyone then who desires to be saved should think thus about the trinity.

But it is necessary for eternal salvation that one also believe in the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ faithfully.

Now this is the true faith:

That we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, God's Son, is both God and human, equally.

He is God from the essence of the Father, begotten before time; and he is human from the essence of his mother, born in time; completely God, completely human, with a rational soul and human flesh; equal to the Father as regards divinity, less than the Father as regards humanity.

Although he is God and human, yet Christ is not two, but one. He is one, however, not by his divinity being turned into flesh, but by God's taking humanity to himself. He is one, certainly not by the blending of his essence, but by the unity of his person. For just as one human is both rational soul and flesh, so too the one Christ is both God and human.

He suffered for our salvation; he descended to hell; he arose from the dead; he ascended to heaven; he is seated at the Father's right hand; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. At his coming all people will arise bodily and give an accounting of their own deeds. Those who have done good will enter eternal life, and those who have done evil will enter eternal fire.

This is the catholic faith: one cannot be saved without believing it firmly and faithfully.


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