5 Minutes in Church History site

What a great resource!  These are excellent synopses of important people and events in church history.  Thanks to Stephen Nichols for putting this together.


About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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2 Responses to 5 Minutes in Church History site

  1. θ says:

    The origin of Ousia.
    In Nicene Creed, the divine nature (ousia) belongs to the Father. The creed wording is “Ek Ton Ousia Tou Patros” meaning “From the essence of the Father”. It proves the early Trinitarians were Subordinationists.

    Unfortunately in the next creed of 1st Council of Constantinople the obvious Semi-Arian phrase is omitted.

    Additionally, it is ironic that the Greek term “homoousian” (meaning one same nature or consubstantial), which Athanasius and the early Trinitarians chose for the content of Nicene Creed, is actually a term coined by the Semi-Arians to oppose the Sabellian tendency. Sabellius believes only both the Father and the Son to be one substance.

    Theoi or Hypostasei?
    If the theology of the Trinity were consistent, the Trinitarians should stop using the word Elohim and Theoi for Jehovah, but rather use the word “Hypostasei” (plural persons). It is quite shameful that most Trinitarians ignorantly refer to a wrong Hebrew word “Elohim” when talking about Greek word Hypostasei.

    To describe three persons correctly, they should have used the word Hypostasei alongside Theoi.

    The term for the Plural Gods (a what) in Hebrew is “Elohim” and in Greek is “Theoi”.
    The term for the Plural persons (a who) in Hebrew is not conclusive, one of the Hebrew words for many persons is “Otsemim” (singular: Otsem).
    In Greek, the term for the Plural persons is “Hypostasei”, as in 2 Cor 9:4 and 2 Cor 11:17.

    The word hypostasis is used in the Septuagint LXX for various meanings, such as foundation, existence, substance, nature, courage, confidence, assurances in Deut 11:6, Deut 20:6, 1Kgs 13:23, 1Kgs 14:4, Jer 10:17, Ps 38:6, Ps 68:3, Ps 89:48, Ps 139:15, Rth 1:12, Ezk 19:5, Ezk 43:11, Jdg 6:4, Nah 2:7.

    Absence of Hypostasis.
    It is a fact that there’s the absence of the term Hypostasis for son and spirit in early Trinitarian creeds. More than 125 years after Nicene Creed, the word Hypostasis (alongside the word Prosopon) is used in the Council of Chalcedon, which is the fourth ecumenical council, for the content of Confession of Chalcedon.

    In other words, it is irrelevant to use the word “Elohim” (which is Theoi in Greek) to argue about three persons, that is supposed to be Hypostasei in Greek, or Otsemim in Hebrew.

    Hypostasei appears in 2 Cor 9:4 and 2 Cor 11:17.
    Otsem (singular) appears in Ps 139:15 for substance, and Otsemim (plural) appears in Ezek 24:4, Amos 6:10, Mic 4:3.

  2. Ken Temple says:

    seems like you are following our discussion over at Paul Williams blog right now; right?

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