What difference do these truths make in your life? Christ emptied Himself of something when He became a man. In the light of this studyand in consideration of John 5: Remembering our study on spirituality early in this ministry, what practical example is there for us from the kenosis?
One of the most important doctrines of Christianity is the Person and Work of Christ. It is basic to Soteriology, for if our Lord was not what He claimed to be, then His atonement was a deficient, not sufficient, payment for sin. Preexistence of Christ means that He existed before His birth.
Ryrie, Basic Theology, pg. Although technically the affirmation that Christ was preexistent, that is, existed before His birth in Bethlehem, is not precisely the same as to state that He is eternal, for all practical purposes, proof of His preexistence has been accepted by theologians as evidence of His eternity.
However, sometimes the terms are used synonymously. Importance of the preexistence of Christ 1. Since the Scriptures teach the preexistence of Christ, if Christ did not preexist, then the biblical credibility is lost.
Proof of the Preexistence of Christ 1. Christ made His own claims of His preexistence Jn 8: Eternality means not only that Christ existed before His birth or even before creation but that He existed always, eternally.
Ryrie, Basic Theology 4. The eternality of Christ declares that He is uncreated, without beginning or end, and possesses a divine attribute that can only be shared by members of the Godhead.
Importance of Eternality of Christ 1. The eternality of Christ is a basis for the Trinity.
If Christ is not eternal, then there is no Trinity. The eternality of Christ is a basis for the Deity of Christ.
If Christ is not eternal, then He lied and man is still in need of a divine Savior. Proof of the Eternality of Christ 1. The imperfect tense is continuous action in the past, showing that Christ existed as God continuously in the past.
Therefore, He is the eternal Son of God. Christ was the creator of all things Jn 1: Christ created for Himself and His own purposes Co 1: Christ is the sustainer of all creation Co 1: This fact proves His pre-existence.
His ministry has been to reveal the Father Jn 1: In fact, it is the ministry of the Second Person to visibly make known the invisible God He 1: It may, therefore, be concluded that the Angel of Jehovah is the second Person of the Trinity.
Usually the term theophany is limited to appearances of God in the form of man or angels, other phenomena such as the Shekinah glory not being considered a theophany, The theophanies are chiefly appearances of the Angel of Jehovah, who is clearly distinct from angelic beings.
It is to be distinguished from that permanent manifestation of God in Jesus Christ, called the Incarnation. Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia, Vol. Walvoord,Jesus Christ our Lord, p. Definition of Incarnation 1. No human mind can ever grasp the significance of the occurrence and consequence of the incarnation.
That a Person of the Godhead should become one of the human family — the sphere of His own creation — with a view to remaining in that form, though glorified. Chafer, Systematic Theology, Vol. Upon it [incarnation], the whole superstructure of Christian theology depends.
In one sense, the remaining discussion of Christology as a whole is an amplification of the incarnation.This position acknowledges Jesus’ deity is unable to be proven through the study of facts about His human life.
The faith of the Apostles through the examination of kerygma is the theology of existentialist theologians like Brunner and Soren Kierkegaard. Much recent Christology claims to work ‘from below up’, that is to say, to begin with the humanity of Jesus and go on to show that the evidence leads to a .
Christology: Christology, Christian reflection, teaching, and doctrine concerning Jesus of Nazareth. Christology is the part of theology that is concerned with the nature and work of Jesus, including such matters as the Incarnation, the Resurrection, and his human and divine natures and their relationship.
Christology comes from two Greek words, “Christos,” the anointed one or the Messiah, and “logos,” word, or study of things related to a particular subject.
Christ Himself invites his disciples both ancient and modern to study Him. Christology relates to many areas of theology, but most important is its place in the life of the believer.
Recognizing who Jesus is, what he did and why — these are essential to knowing him.
Only then may someone believe in Jesus and have eternal life . Jesus Christ was born of the virgin Mary (Matt ; Gal ) in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prediction (Isa ). From a more theological point of view, John says that the eternal and divine Word became flesh and that God thus “tabernacled” among us (John , 14; Exodus ).