The author asks this crucial question in the face of a lot of false teachings about the identity of Christ. With reference to 1 John 4:1-6, believers are encouraged to distinguish between the testimony of the Spirit of God (who speaks the truth about Christ) and false claims and teachings of the ungodly.
In this article, the author provides a simplified understanding of christology on the subject of the divinity and humanity of Christ as expressed by the Council of Chalcedon in 451. In the process the author gives background developments that led to Chalcedon, especially the Alexandrian and Antiochene views of christology.
What was the teaching of Nestorius or what came to be known as Nestorianism? Nestorius separated the human and divine in Jesus Christ so as to make of him two separate persons. This essay re-evaluates this position in the light of 20th century research and within the Christological controversies of that time.
This article considers what exactly the "glory of Christ" is, where and how we behold it, and what is the result for our life.
Why do we love the Lord Jesus and some people do not? Isaiah 53 helps us with this question. Many people do not consider Jesus as a Saviour, a winner, a king among kings and a great Lord over lesser lords. Believers not only understand that Jesus suffered, but also know why He suffered. We view Him as our substitute who suffered for us, obtaining salvation for us.
The Wachtower organization and Jehovah's Witnesses have re-created the heresy of Arianism by denying the deity of Christ. This article examines the meaning of the word 'begotten', showing that this word refers to Christ in His uniqueness and con-substantiality. Jesus is God, and is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
A holistic perspective on Jesus is that which views Jesus as He lived on earth as well as after His resurrection.
This article shows from John 20:17 that Jesus is not ashamed to call us his brothers (and sisters).
Christianity stands or falls with Christ. This is so because of the uniqueness of Christ, in his nature, character, and teaching.
Your eternal destination will be determined by your answer to this question: who do you say Jesus is? The Bible's pointers to the deity of Christ are clear. This article looks at these pointers and objections raised against them. It concludes that Jesus is God, and also shows why believing this is crucial for your eternal destiny.
Who is Jesus? This article answers this question by looking at the divine and the human nature of Jesus Christ. The author shows how Christ's nature was relevant for what He accomplished.
Is there a way to live in reconciliation with God without Jesus Christ? There has always been the question whether Jesus can in one way or the other be co-ordinated with other figures. This article shows the New Testament's testimony to Jesus as the unique Son of God and only mediator between man and God.
What is the relation between Christ and God? Is he in some way inferior to God? This article must be read against the background of the ecclesiastical history of the author's native Ulster. There were certain "nonsubscribers" who were those Irish Presbyterians who opposed subscription to the Westminster Confession of Faith. Their primary motive was their Arian sympathies.
In this article Ware argues for the importance of viewing Christ as the God-man, which emphasizes the unity of the two natures of Jesus Christ. In support of his position, he appeals to two features of the life and ministry of Christ. The first consideration is the significance of Jesus who came as the long-awaited Messiah. Next, Ware considers the reality of the impeccability of Jesus.
This article includes a brief history of objections to the deity of Christ, and then the biblical witness to his deity.
This article reflects on the significance of the preexistence of Christ. Often this doctrine does not receive much attention but is rather assumed. McCready notes modern objections against this doctrine. Specific attention is given to the views of James Dunn as it is articulated in his understanding of Philippians 2:6–11.
What is the relationship between Christ and the cosmos? This essay considers the apostle Paul's intention when he relates Christ to the cosmos. Can we speak of the presence of a cosmic Christology? It begins with a reading of Colossians 1:15-20. Jesus Christ, through whom the whole universe was created, is the ruler and reconciler of creation. Creation in this instance refers to the whole universe, including spiritual beings and powers.
Not many Bible texts refer to Jesus directly as "God." In the letters of the apostle Paul, there is a broad testimony to the deity of Christ through numerous occurrences of a God-Christ interchange.
Jowers considers the implications of Philippians 2:6-7 for the person and work of Christ. Does the passage teach that Christ possesses two natures? May it be concluded from this that the possibilities of change and inequality within the deity are therefore excluded? Can this text be used like Augustine suggested, as a “canonical rule” for biblical exegesis?
How should we understand and live out Christology in our modern context? Who is Jesus Christ for us today? This author maintains that our orthodoxy must be contemporary. This does not mean that our contemporary context should determine our faith, but that we should understand our orthodoxy within the modern context. This article discusses what a contemporary orthodox witness to Christ looks like.
The doctrine of Christology is of central importance in Christian thought. More recent scholarship has questioned the view that an understanding of the person of Jesus as the Son of God in a real or essential sense is to be found in the mind of Jesus and in the thought of the early church, and that such understanding can for the basis of a modern Christology. This article addresses the scholarship that denies the above contentions, questioning whether they demonstrate a true reading of the New Testament evidence.
This article claims that Larry Hurtado's work on Christology remains an evolutionary, multi-stage model, and is historically problematic. He believes Hurtado overstates the case for Jewish opposition to Christ-devotion, minimizes the ethical particularity of earliest Christianity. His claim that religious experiences gave the decisive impetus to Christ-devotion does not reckon adequately with the implications of social-science study.
What does it mean to know God? What is the key to the knowledge of God? These are the questions that this article attempts to answer. Central to the answer is the divinity of Jesus Christ. The author also observes the effect of philosophical developments through time on the church's faith in the deity of Christ.