Also a mainstream ‘high’ Christology does not demand a confusing of the persons or a demand that the Father is always LORD and never God or that Jesus is always God and never Lord or indeed and relevantly vice versa. Neither does mainstream ‘biblical’ belief and scriptural exegesis restrict us to denying that the Father is the ‘source’ and Jesus comes from him as word, Son, LORD etc etc. Yet so close is this identity that they are not two Gods the ante Nicene fathers struggled with this as you know.
But don’t you think this all sounds terribly convoluted when all Paul says is that we have one God and one Lord? Consistently in Paul the pattern is “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”. God is God, Jesus is Lord. The explanation is very simple. The right to reign as Lord belongs to God but he has delegated that rule to Jesus (and to the martyred saints) as reward for his (and their) faithfulness.
To call Jesus “Lord” does not mean that he shares the identity of God. It means, as far as I can see, that God has given authority to rule to Jesus.
The NT describes him as begotten…
So “begotten” means “unbegotten”?
…and ‘in the beginning there as the Word ‘All things came into existencethrough him, not one thing came into existence without him’…
John 1:1-3 could be translated as follows since logos is masculine, highlighting the reference to wisdom:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. It was in the beginning with God. All things were made through it, and without it was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:1–3)
The words ‘by’ ‘through’ and ‘in’ as well as ALL THINGS are spoken of Jesus he created all things alongside ‘his Father’.
But it doesn’t say “he created all things alongside ‘his Father’ ”. That is a subtle distortion of the biblical text.
Firstborn is language of primacy not necessarily of creation, Israel was YHWHS firstborn but not the first one!
True. But to say that someone has primacy or pre-eminence with respect to creation still places them in creation, doesn’t it? Israel was not the first nation, but it was a nation.