Saturday, January 26, 2013

Sonship as Divine Ontology in Johannes Cocceius

From the section "Concerning Divine Persons:"

10.  The Father is the only true God; because in himself is the only true Godhead.  But his true Godhead is not recognized by them, who deny him to be true and natural Father.  And indeed the predicate only true God is not attributed to the Father in opposition of the Son and Spirit.

11.  Both the Son and Holy Spirit are autotheos - John 5:26

12.  Jesus is not called Son by conception of the virgin, neither by sanctity of human nature, neither from other causes, but only because of eternal generation.


  1. Hi Justin,
    I just found your blog from your recent comment over at David Waltz's blog.

    This is interesting.

    Regarding point # 12 -

    Does it seem that Luke 1:34-35 - this passage calls Jesus the Son of God precisely because of
    1. the virgin conception
    2. that the nature of the child came from "the Most High" (the Father) and the Holy Spirit, therefore, it is also affirming His eternal Sonship.

    Ken Temple

  2. Hello Ken,

    Yes, I agree that the passage in Luke can be taken that way. If it were not for the many other passages in the NT that indicate Sonship is a divine relation, I would probably agree with your interpretation.

    It should also be noted that the 17th century reformed wrote a lot against the Socinians, so these particular passages are written with their refutation in mind (The "them" in 10.), which would mean these arguments were focusing particularily on the divinity of Christ.