Why the Deity of Christ Matters

“We have trusted in Jesus. But how far can we trust him? Just in this transitory life? Just in this little speck that we call the earth? If we can trust him only thus far we are of all men most miserable. We are surrounded by stupendous forces; we are surrounded by the immensity of the unknown. After our little span of life there is a shelving brink with the infinite beyond. And still we are subject to fear—not only fear of destruction but a more dreadful fear of meeting with the infinite and holy God. So we should be if we had but a human Christ. But now is Christ our Savior, the one who says, “Your sins are forgiven,” revealed as very God. And we believe. Such a faith is a mystery to us who possess it; it seems folly to those who have it not. But if possessed it delivers us forever from fear. The world to us is all unknown; it is engulfed in an ocean of infinity. But it contains no mysteries to our Savior. He is on the throne. He pervades the remotest bounds. He inhabits infinity. With such a Savior we are safe.” -J. Gresham Machen, The Person of Jesus: Radio Addresses on the Deity of the Savior

Theology is Theoretical, Practical, or Both?

Herman Bavinck discusses the development of Dogmatics (RD I.34-35). He says that with the Reformation, the practical side of the dogmatics started to shine through more. Dogmatics was concerned with “living for God through Christ, [and] religion, [and] the worship of God.” Modern liberalism pushed this too the extreme, and made it so faith was exclusively concerned with the practical, and without any fixed body of truths to norm it.

BTW NOTE: Reformed theology isn’t against being practical. It aims to keep a balance between theory and practice.

Doctrine and Devotion

“This bare statement of doctrine-the total providential control of God-can appear cold and impersonal, the stuff of theological discussion in comfortable armchairs. But consider this scenario:
As I write, my eye has caught sight of a framed picture that sits in my office. It is a picture of a young girl who suffers from a terrible brain malformation. She is now in her thirties, though the picture shows her when she was ten. From the moment of her birth, and the departure (within days) of her father, who could not face the prospect of raising her, her mother has cared for her with undying grace and devotion. As her daughter lives life in a minor key, her mother has found refuge in the assurance that the Lord is sovereign. His overruling providence explains the circumstance she now finds herself in, but it also gives her the resources by which she provides the love and tenderness that she shows each day. The doctrine of providence for her is more than a mere statement of doctrine, abstract and detached; it is the daily source of assurance that there is meaning and purpose in what is otherwise cruel and senseless. So it should be for us.” -Derek Thomas