III. Christology - The
Our Lord Jesus Christ or Teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is God, identical in Deity
or co-equal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He is eternal from
eternity past to eternity future and is distinct in personality. He became man willingly but
remained God. Jesus Christ was completely man and completely God in His
incarnation. He did not possess a sin nature, therefore, He was not able to sin. Jesus Christ willingly died on the cross shedding
His blood for the sins of the world. He was the perfect sacrifice,
(once and for all), to justify those who come to Him by faith. He was buried
and rose the third day in bodily form, giving eternal victory over the power of
darkness and death. He ascended to heaven to be man's Mediator after giving
proof of His resurrection to many living at that time. He is seated at
the right hand of the Father as our Great High Priest and will someday come
again to receive the believers into eternal Glory through the Rapture and with
His second coming He will judge the world for its sins. He will reward the believer for the quality
of life he lived and condemn the unbeliever to the lake of fire.
His pre-existence in eternity or existence
before His birth is clearly stated in Scripture (Mic. 5:2; John 1:1-3,14;17:5; Is. 9:6;
John 8:58; cf. Ex 3:14,15). He is the Creator of all (Col.
1:15-17; Jn. 1:3) and Sustainer (Heb. 1:3).
The Deity of Christ is clearly seen through the
teaching of the Scriptures. It teaches of Jesus Christ's pre-existence,
manifestation of His Power, deity through His names, and recorded testimony.
- Jesus Christ showed deity by the manifestation of His power
- He controlled the elements, diseases, death,
Matt. 12:22,23 Luke 4:31-36; John 11:43-44.
- Jesus Christ showed omnipresence in
18:20; 28:20; showed omniscience in
John 16:30; 1:48
- and shower omnipotence in
Matt. 28:18; Col.
- Jesus Christ showed deity through His names.
- Son of the Living God - Matt. 16:16.
- Lord -
Matt. 22:43-45; Acts 2:36.
- God -
Heb. 1:8; Phil. 2:6; Matt. 1:22,23
- King of Kings & Lord of Lords -
19:16; I Tim. 6:14,15.
- Alpha and Omega and Jehovah -
Rev. 1:8 Cf.
- I Am -
Ex. 3:14 Cf. John 8:24;10.
- Jesus Christ showed deity by recorded testimony of Historical
- His own
Matt. 4:6-7; 26:63-64; John
- John the Baptist
- Disciples & Apostles
Matt. 16:16; 1 Cor. 15:3-8.
- Angels -
Luke 1:35; 2:11.
- The Father
Jesus Christ was not only God but took upon Himself humanity
(Phil. 2:6-11; John 1:1-14; Heb. 2:14-18). Jesus Christ emptied Himself (Kenosis) to become a servant and taking upon himself the nature of a
man (except for the sin nature) and became subject to the limitations of man:
Kenosis is a part of the mystery of the
incarnation; it is unfathomable because of the incomprehensibility of God and the
inability of the human mind to conceive adequately. However
we know he did because the Word of God tells us he did empty Himself
(Phil. 2:7; Jn. 17:5; II Cor. 8:9).
Impeccability of Christ is shown by no sin committed; because Jesus Christ
was not able to commit sin (Jas. 1:13). The Lord Jesus was sinless
and holy (Heb. 4:15, Jn. 8:46; I Pet. 1:19; Luke 1:35, Acts 2:27; 3:14; 4:27).
resurrection of Jesus Christ
must be accepted for one to be saved for eternity, (Rom. 10:9-10; 8:11; I
Cor. 15:1-8,12-19). The historical facts, even before it happens and after, are
recorded in the Bible along with eye witnesses (I Cor. 15:4-8).
- The resurrection was prophesied in the Old
Testament (Ps. 16:10; Ps. 22; Isa. 53). and Jesus said that He would raise Himself from
the dead (Jn. 2:19,21; Matt. 17:9).
- His resurrection was accomplished the third
day after the crucifixion (Matt. 17:23).
- His resurrection was bodily (Matt. 28:1-6; Lk.
24:1-3; Acts 2:31),
a. He ate after His resurrection (Lk. 24:30).
b. Jesus Christ had flesh and bones after the resurrection (Lk. 24:39).
c. After the resurrection Jesus Christ ascended to heaven (Jn. 6:62, cf. Lk.
24:51; Acts 1:9; Eph. 4:10) and is preparing
a place for us (Jn. 14:2,3).
- Prophet (Heb.
1:1-2; Jn. 4:19,44; Ac. 7:37,38),
- Priest (Heb.
4:14,15; 5:6-10; 7:3), and
- King (Ps. 24;
Jn. 18:36; I Tim. 1:16,17; 6:15,16).
- He is the
Mediator between God and man (I Tim. 2:5; Heb. 9:15).
- Someday He
will be the Judge of all men (Rom. 14:10), believers for the quality of life (I Cor.
3:10-15) and unbelievers in punitive condemnation (Rev. 20:11-15).
Illustration of the Godhead or
trinity of the one God in three persons Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
Time - time is one and made up of
three unique parts which are all the one time. There is past, present and future and each
one of itself is not the other and would not exist without the
other. Without all three time would not exist, take away past and time ceases to exist, it
is not present time or future, this is the same for present or