Last week we noted that Wayne Grudem thinks this phrase is spurious and welcomes its dismissal for three reasons: 1) the origin of the phrase is a late addition and spurious at best; 2) there is little Biblical support of the phrase; 3) there are passages that flatly contradict the phrase. In Part 7 we took up the first of the objections. Before getting to the point of this installment, an observation about reasons 2 and 3 is needed. Both points assume that we understand what this phrase means. In other words, before we can suggest whether or not there is Biblical support for this phrase and produce passages that flatly contradict it, we need to know what it is teaching. What, then, is the Creed teaching us to confess? Let’s examine and evaluate the interpretive history of this phrase.
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