At first glance he seems to be a mysterious figure. But who was he according to the entire Scriptures that mention him? An old-fashioned Bible study here, with my translation of Hebrews 7.
I was startled. This question may seem odd, and it is, but a radio host, who is normally an excellent teacher, said the Second Person of the Trinity became the Son of God at his birth.
People would make Jesus in their image. But who was he really, as defined by those who knew him best or heard from those who did?
The Spirit was given to Jesus without limit. We too can share in this anointing, but we have to follow Jesus, or else we might run out ahead of him and minister on our own.
Two natures (deity and humanity) are united in one person—the person of Jesus Christ. Let’s use the Q & A format, for clarity and conciseness.
From the Council of Chalcedon (AD 451). English, Greek, and Latin are included; discusses how the definition opposes three deficient teachings about Christ (Apollinarianism, Nestorianism, and Monophysitism) and answers the objection that the fifth-century church just made it all up.
Good question, and the answer is clear, based on one biblical truth. Other questions are included here, as well.
This post answers a series of tough questions about this vital and indispensable doctrine.
This topic is about Jesus Christ. Let’s use the Question and Answer format for clarity and conciseness.
Let’s place his two natures side-by-side with verses from Scripture to see who he really is.
Let’s learn about these key Christological points together, in the Q & A format.
Christ sat down at the right hand of God and on his throne. Now we can be seated with him in heavenly places!
It jump-starts our new life in Christ—we can renew our minds and hearts by thinking on it.
Here are the basics about his ascension.
We Renewalists—those belonging to the worldwide, historical Renewal Movements—also believe he still appears to people today.
It is the central message of the New Testament. His resurrection means everything to you.
It was a physical body, but it had a spiritual dimension, unlike any recorded resurrection before or since. A new era has been ushered in—for us, foretelling our future state after we die.
It goes a lot deeper than just coming back from the dead. Christ is our example and leader. Here are the basics about his resurrection.
Certain denominations teach that Jesus went into hell (or the underworld) to preach to confined human souls. True?
Jesus came with the express purpose of preaching the good news of the kingdom, living a godly life, and dying as a sacrifice for our sins.
Can we dispense with the notion that Jesus as a simple peasant, a godly one, from Galilee, but no more than that?
Was it necessary? What did it accomplish? What does it mean to you?
Some say the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) are silent about this claim. But they are not, if you know where to look.
In the last post we introduced the idea of kenosis (self-emptying). Let’s explore this further as it relates to Jesus.
What does ‘incarnation’ mean? What does emptying oneself mean? Basics in a Q & A format.
Who was he before he came to earth?
His entire existence in one panoramic image.
Does “I am” mean just the first person being verb as we may use it of ourselves (“I am a human”)? Or does it have reference to the Old Testament and the great ‘I AM’??
But he was not a king in the mold of Caesar. He was called first to conquer invisible, spiritual dark forces, and your heart by love. In the near future, the worldly kingdoms are going down in defeat, next, visible to all.
What does that title mean?
This title often means more than “sir’ or ‘my lord.’ It can mean the LORD in the Old Testament. A table of references in the Old Testament and New Testament is included.
This title denotes his human nature, but also his divine nature.
They’re both Messianic titles, but they have nuances that need to be explored.
It reveals his human nature with the anointing of God coming on him.
But was he more than that?
An attribute is also called a perfection. It is amazing. God can never improve or get worse. He is who he is, period.
Don’t try this at home or elsewhere!
This a table of Messianic prophecies, which go a long way in building up our faith and the reliability of the Bible. It also answers the question: How does this post help me grow in God?
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