Monday, November 24, 2008

Now the Lord God hath sent Me and His Spirit

In Question 43 of the First Part of his masterpiece Summa Theologica, the great Doctor Angelicus St. Thomas Aquinas asks in Article 8, "Whether a divine person is sent only by the person whence He proceeds eternally?" He answers in the negative because he says, "The Son is sent by the Holy Ghost, according to Is 48:16, 'Now the Lord God hath sent Me and His Spirit.'" This passage, one of the Old Testament Trinitarian passage, does not support the conclusion of St. Thomas. "The Lord God" is the Father, "Me" is the Son, and "His Spirit" is the Holy Spirit. St. Isaiah, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote that the Father sends the Son and the Holy Spirit, of Whom He is the single source; the saint did not write that the Holy Spirit sends the Son. If St. Isaiah intended to communicate that, he would have written the words in a different order, rendering the verse, "Now the Lord God and His Spirit hath sent me." Therefore St. Thomas needs a different Scriptural authority to prove his thesis.

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