The Meaning of Christ’s Ascension
"But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD" (Gen. 6:8)
An important word occurs in the story of Noah, one reverberates throughout the pages of Scripture: grace or as the ESV translates it, "favor" (Gen. 6:8). In a context where the sinfulness of man is said to be "great" (6:5), Noah finds "favor in the eyes of the LORD" and because of it, escapes the cataclysmic deluge that is the consequence of God's retributive anger towards human rebellion. This is one about forty examples in the Old Testament where the formula "x found favor in the eyes of y."
Anyone who felt perplexed – even outraged – the first time they read Romans 9 may identify with Thomas Bradwardine, a 14th-century Archbishop of Canterbury. His age was, like ours, entrenched in Pelagianism, exalting man’s free will and ability to come to God on his own terms. That’s the philosophy he had learned at Oxford, where he “rarely used to hear about grace, except in an ambiguous way.”
At the beginning of the seventh century, the decision of the Council of Chalcedon that Jesus had two natures, human and divine, indivisible but distinct, was still not universally accepted. Even if the Council had specified that the expression “two natures” doesn’t mean that Jesus is “parted or divided into two persons,” many took it this way. It was a cause of disunity, and emperor after emperor tried hard to come to a compromise.
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(Rev. 1:17, 18)
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