1) “The relationship of the subjects to God is seen more as a continuum than a dichotomy. It is a hierarchy of beings, some of whom are closer to God and some farther from him. The gods are literally what God is in kind because they share in his holiness and act pursuant to his authority in divine prerogatives, such as governing, atoning, creating, and bearing the divine name. . . . God is at the top of the hierarchy and is incomparably great in the sense that no one else can occupy this supreme position or receive the honor that he does” (p. 92).
2) “In the first century, neither Jews nor Christians believed in creation out of nothing” (p. 93).
3) “The text of the Ascension of Isaiah is essential in grasping early Christian views of the Godhead and relation between the Father and the Son. . . . The highest God is a being of glory, quite distinct from the Son (and Lord); both are distinct in glory and person from the Holy Spirit, who is also an angel” (p. 102-103).
4) Justin Martyr believed that Jesus was a distinct God . . . . a subordinate God . . . a second place God . . . to the Most High God (p. 114-116).
5) “The notion suggested by Richard Bauckham that allusions to Psalm 110 envision Christ on the very throne of God misrepresents Christ’s status. . . . Christ is the Davidic king, and the Davidic king is the Son of God who has been deified as a God to be God’s vizier and ruler on earth” (128).
6) “That Paul does not intend to simply equate the Father and the Son with the ‘one God’ is made clear by the fact that they are joined by [Greek word] (kai, ‘and’), meaning essentially ‘in addition to’ ” (144).
7) “Once again, there is no thought that Christ is somehow identical to or ‘included with the unique identity of’ God” (151). . . . “God fills believers with a fulness of God just as Christ is filled with a fulness of deity in Colossians” (152).
8 ) “[Hebrews 1:9] refers to two Gods: God who is seen as Jesus, and ‘your God,’ who is God the Father who anoints Jesus as the Messiah or Christos” (154).
9) “Christ does not claim to be identical or equal to Yahweh; rather, he is the agent of the one true God” (185).
10) “First, the New Testament clearly identifies ‘the one true God’ with the Father alone and not with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit together. . . . The designator ‘one God’ is always and specifically reserved for the Father alone in the New Testament” (200).
11) “The Father has the property of being the ‘only true God,’ but the Son does not” (211).
–Taken from Exploring Mormon Thought: Of God and Gods (Greg Kofford Books, 2008).
What am I suppose to say? What is Blake trying to do to the status of my Savior, my Lord, and my God?