Reformed Baptist Fellowship

Seven “according to the form of a servant/according to the form of God” affirmations

In Reformed Baptist Fellowship on April 5, 2016 at 3:36 pm

1. on existence and essence

a. according to the form of a servant, our Lord’s existence is not co-extensive with his essence;

b. according to the form of God, our Lord’s existence is his essence

2. on creature and Creator

a. according to the form of a servant, our Lord is creature;

b. according to the form of God, our Lord is Creator

3. on created being and divine being

a. according to the form of a servant, our Lord came into temporal or creaturely being;

b. according to the form of God, our Lord is I AM

4. on creaturely knowing and divine knowing

a. according to the form of a servant, our Lord grew in his understanding of the Old Testament;

b. according to the form of God, our Lord predates and is the source of the Old Testament

5. on creaturely composition and divine non-composition

a. according to the form of a servant, our Lord is composed of parts and faculties;

b. according to the form of God, our Lord is without body, parts, or passions

6. on beginning and without beginning

a. according to the form of a servant, our Lord began;

b. according to the form of God, our Lord is without beginning

7. on finitude and infinity

a. according to the form of a servant, our Lord is no way infinite;

b. according to the form of God, our Lord is every way infinite

The “according to . . .” formula is borrowed from Augustine.

Richard C. Barcellos
Grace Reformed Baptist Church
Palmdale, CA

  1. Is there a Christian confession or historical trend which defines the terms ‘form’ and ‘essence’? These terms haven’t been well defined in my understanding despite their frequent usage.

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