The Doctrine of Christ

The doctrine of the person of Christ is one of the most important concerns of Christian theology. Through His Word, we have the promise that Christ is both God (Deity) and God in the flesh. As Christ, he represents God to humanity and as God – he represents humanity to God. As Christ, he is now both Lawgiver and Judge. The human family has put itself in the position of sin and Christ voluntarily accepted the role to represent us. In effect, as Judge, he has made Himself one with the guilty in order to bear our guilt (sins). He is called “Savior of the world” 1 John 4:14 “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.” (KJV) and as in John 1:29 “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (KJV).

 He is also known/called:

  1. 1.   Son of God – Jesus was acclaimed as the Son of God at His baptism (Mark 1:11). But He was also given this title by the angel Gabriel at the annunciation: “That Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). The Gospel of John especially makes it clear that the Father-Son relationship belongs to eternity-that the Son is supremely qualified to reveal the Father because He has His eternal being “in the bosom of the Father” (John 1:18).
  2. 2.   Messiah – When Jesus made His declaration before the high priest and His colleagues, He did so in response to the question: “Are You the Christ the Son of the Blessed?” (Mark 14:61). He replied, “I am” (Mark 14:62), “It is as you said” (Matt 26:64).
  3. 3.   Son of Man – The title Son of Man was Jesus’ favorite way of referring to Himself. He may have done this because this was not a recognized title already known by the people and associated with popular ideas. This title means essentially “The Man.” But as Jesus used it, it took on new significance.

 Listed are fundamental doctrines of Christ in the Christian faith.

•The Godhead became incarnate, God manifested himself in the flesh in Jesus Christ (John 1:1-3, 14; 1st Timothy 3:16; Colossians 2:9)

•Jesus is the only BEGOTTEN Son of God (John 3:16)

•Christ’s deity, is in that Jesus is Almighty God (John 1:1-3, 14; John 10:33; 1 Timothy 3:16; Revelation 1:8)

•Christ’s virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23)

•Christ’s death, burial and bodily resurrection (1st Corinthians 15:1-4)

•Jesus’ literal, physical, blood sacrifice for our sins (1st Peter 1:18-19; Hebrews 9:12, 22-24)

Pastor Stephen R. Hill

 

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