Monday, January 16, 2012

The Doctrine of: "God the Son"

The Doctrine of God the Son   Christology is fundamentally the doctrine of Christ.

   Jesus Christ is the central figure of the world’s history.  History is His-story.  To leave Jesus out of History, is like the sky without the blue and the ocean without the water.  Almost Since time begin, the whole world had waiting on his appearing.  The Old Testament foretells His coming in types, symbol, and direct prophecy.  Without Christ appearing there would be no Christianity.  Christ is Christianity.  Christ in you the hope of glory.  You could have Mormonism without Joseph Smith; and Islam without Muhammad.  But Christ is in Christian. 

The Preexistence of Christ

The Book Basic Bible Doctrine call this “His Eternal Existence”

     There are several texts in the NT that speak in one way or another to the preexistence of Christ. John says the “word” became flesh which implies that he had existed previous to his incarnation (John 1:1, 14). Jesus himself suggests his preexistence in a number of texts. He said he had glory with the father before the world was (John 17:5) John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

 and that he had come from the father   (John 5:43; 6:38). John 5:43  I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receiveJohn 6:38  For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. These imply preexistence. Paul also, in referring to Christ as the last Adam, implies his preexistence. So when he says that Christ was “rich,” but then became “poor,” that he was “in the form of God,” but “humbled himself,” that he was “before all things” Colossians 1:17 (KJV)
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist
. All these references refer to Christ Preexistence and therefore suggest that Christ existed previous to his coming to earth. Paul told the Corinthian people in 1 Corinthians 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Note he say last Adam.  There is not another one coming.  He say correctly last Adam.  Sometimes we will say the second Adam this is not doctrinal correct.  If he was second Adam there could come a third, fourth, but he is the last Adam. He was in the Beginning with God and he was in the manger as man.

The Prophecies About Christ

Taken in the light of the entire Bible, the historical fact of the resurrection, and with a view to Jewish hermeneutics, there are many prophecies about Christ in the Old Testament. Some of the familiar ones include: his birth  Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.   Galatians 4:4 (KJV)
4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law

His lineage Genesis 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be

Luke 3:33 tells us the lineage of Jesus Christ that he is from the tribe of Judah. 

His place of birth Micah 5:2  But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

that he was the prophet to come Deuteronomy 18:15  The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;      Acts 3:19-22  Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you

that he would function as a priest (Psalm 110:4; Heb 5:5-6); Psalm 110:4 (KJV)
4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek
. Hebrews 5:5-6 5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec

His betrayal (Psalm 41:9; Luke 22:47-48); Psalm 41:9  Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. Luke 22:47-48 47 And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.
48 But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?

His being sold for thirty pieces of silver (Zech 11:11-12; Matt 26:15; 27:1-10);

His violent death (Zech 12:10; John 20:27); Zechariah 12:10 (KJV)
10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn
. John 20:2727 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

His resurrection (Psalm 16:10; Luke 24:7; Acts 2:25-28); Psalm 16:10 (KJV)
10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption

His exaltation to God’s right hand (Psalm 110:1; Acts 2:33-34),

His eternal reign in fulfillment of Davidic promise (2 Sam 7:12-16; Psalm 110:1; Isa 55:3; Acts 2:33-34; 13:22-23, 32-34).

Stone of stumbling Isa. 8:13-15 - 1 Peter 2:6-8
Creator Isaiah. 44:24 - Colossians 1:16
Only Savior Isaiah 43:11 - 2 Timothy. 1:10
King of kings Psalm 95:3 - 1 Timothy. 6:14-15
Alpha and Omega Isaiah. 44:6 - Revelation 1:7-18
Good Shepherd Isaiah 40:10-11 - John 10:11
Every knee bow Isaiah 45:23 - Philippians. 2:10-11
Judge Isaiah 24:20-21; Hebrews 12:23 - Colossians 1:17; John 5:22
Reigning Isaiah 24:23 - Matthew 25:31

The Precious Names of Christ

1.      Jesus

   The name Jesus is found in the four Gospels 612 times, and it is found in the rest of the New Testament 71 times.  Jesus is the personal name of the Lord.  The name of Jesus is the Greek form for the Hebrew word Joshua and both mean “Jehovah our Saviour”.  Mark G. Cambron said this about Jesus name “Jesus is found before His death, burial and resurrection, while Christ is found after.  The name Christ alone is found in the Four Gospels only 56 times, while in the remainder of the New Testament the name Christ is found 256 times.  The Name Jesus was more prominent before Salvation was made and completed, while the name Christ is prominent after the work of Salvation was finished. 

     This is interesting to point out: when He was upon the face of the earth ( before He was crucified), He was never called Jesus to His face,  It was always Lord, Master, or Rabbi by His followers: “Ye call me Master and Lord:”  The reason his name Jesus is mentioned most in the Gospels (612 times)  is the Gospels emphasize His Humility; the reason why the name Christ is mentioned most in the Acts and Epistles is that these writings emphasize His Exaltation. 

2.      Jesus is called the Son of God.

Luke 1:35  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

3.      Jesus is called the Son of Man

Matthew 9:6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.

4.      Jesus is Christ Incarnation

Muslims take a strong exception to the Christian belief that "Jesus is the only begotten son." The word "only begotten" exists only in the Gospel according to John, only in the King James Version (1:14,1:18,3:16,3:18). Interestingly enough, this word "only begotten" does not exist in the Revised Standard Version, New Revised Standard, or the World English Bible. Consequently, the two basic principles of Christianity, trinity and son of god, exist only in Gospel according to John and in First Epistle of John, only in the King James version, a version that was described as having grave defects. But you and I know that it is a reliable word from Heaven.

     5.But his Greatest name to us is SAVIOUR

Christ was incarnated that he might suffer and be the sacrifice for our sins. 

In the Pentateuch we have the Figure of His Sufferings

In the Psalms we have the Feelings of His Sufferings

In the Prophets we have the Fore-telling of His Sufferings

In the Gospels we have the Facts of His Sufferings

In the Epistles we have the Fruits of His Suffering

Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

John 4:42  And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

Philippians 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

1 John 4:14  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

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