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Monday, December 16, 2002

Edifier du Jour-Matthew 24:29-36
29 "But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED, AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT, AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 "And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory. 31 "And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. 32 "Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; 33 so, you too, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near, right at the door. 34 "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 35 "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. 36 "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.
I'm going to be talking about something more touchy than eschatology; does verse 36 mean that there are some things that the Father knows that Jesus isn't privy to? I frequently refer to Jesus as "an infinite subset of God," for if verse 36 is correct, there's at least one factoid that is password-protected. Various passages point to Jesus' divinity, but this might point to a partial division within the Godhead. People have taken me to task in the past for that infinite subset thought, but if Jesus doesn't know the day and hour of his return, there's part of the Trinity that isn't Jesus. The closest analogy I can think of is an infinite hard drive that has been partitioned. The data of Jesus return date is on the F drive; a search of the J drive will turn up empty. There is but one hard drive, but it has three virtual hard drives on it. Open discussion point-if you don't like the idea of Jesus as an infinite subset of God, how do you make Him the entirety of God while still denying him the date of his return, leaving that data in the Father part of God?

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