I have recently begun preaching through the Gospel of John at our church. The first three messages have been on John’s prologue. (Sorry, Peter Williams, but I still think John 1:1-18 is a prologue!) As many of you already know, John’s prologue is thick with the grist of Nicene Trinitarianism and Chalcedonian Christology.
I do not claim that these messages are the best there has ever been on these verses. Far from it. But I do want to acknowledge that I couldn’t have preached these messages seven years ago. For all the unpleasantness of the so-called “Trinity Debate” of 2016, the Lord has used it for good in my life. Don’t get me wrong. I affirmed Nicene Trinitarianism and Chalcedonian Christology long before 2016, but I didn’t understand them as well as I should have.
But that has changed. I have done more reading and thinking about the tradition than I had ever done before the summer of 2016, and it has helped me to understand the Bible better. It has helped me to understand God better. Praise the Lord for that. And praise the Lord for knowing just what I need just when I need it. I want to render public thanks to Him for his faithfulness in this.
For those who are interested, here are all three of the messages—including the most recent one titled “The Word Made Flesh.”