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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Doctrine 3 - Deity of Christ

Seven: The 7 Most Foundational Doctrines for a Solid Faith
Here are some notes from doctrine 3. Enjoy and feel free to use anything with anyone to share the Truth!

Why are we studying doctrine?

Titus 1:9, “holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he [you] may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.”
1. To know our faith.
2. To grow in our faith.
3. To defend our faith.

What is a doctrine?
A specific teaching is called a “doctrine” (Gk. “didaskalia”) which is a particular teaching contained in the Word of God that consummates the definitive vitality of the Christian faith.

Doctrine is the essential and fundamental beliefs in order to be Christian.
Doctrine is the foundational beliefs about Jesus Christ and to be a Christian.
Doctrine is for every believer in order to live biblically and Christ like to teach others God’s holy truth. Doctrine is taught, instructed, and commanded in the Bible for God’s glory and our greater good.

Doctrine 3 - deity of Christ
The divinity of Jesus

The most essential thing to understand in the world is the biblical view and interpretation of Jesus as the Son of God and Savior of the world.

Where Can Someone Find Jesus? In the Bible!

Who Is Jesus in the Bible? [3 quick facts]
1. Jesus is identified as the Main character in all of the Bible. (cf. Luke 24:27, John 5:39)
2. Jesus is heralded as the Messiah to save his people from their sins. (cf. Luke 2:11, John 20:31)
3. Jesus is poised as the Master who is always in control and accomplishes his purpose. (cf. John 17:2-4)

Jesus is the central figure in all the Bible. It is impossible to ignore the burden of proof that Jesus existed, lived, and died in a unique way according to the Bible. Therefore, the Bible must be the primary source for all relevance pertaining to the quest for the historical Jesus. Over history, however, people have disagreed on who is Jesus. Therefore we have to answer the age old question, “Who is real Jesus?”

Trying to Find the Real Jesus.
Who is the real Jesus? Many people have different views of Jesus.

The quest for the historical Jesus [3 views]:
1. The Scholarly View
A. Cynic-like Philosopher – Jesus the hippy
B. Spirit Person – Jesus the charismatic
C. Social Revolutionary – Jesus the zealot
D. Eschatological Prophet – Jesus the judge

2. The Secular View
A. Sage – Jesus the magician
B. Humanitarian – Jesus the activist
C. Moral Teacher – Jesus the peacemaker
D. Homeboy – Jesus the dude
PROBLEM! = These two views express Jesus as purely humanistic without any divinity. 

3. The Scriptural View 
A. Messiah – SON OF GOD!
NO PROBLEM! = This view teaches Jesus was God in the flesh and was fully God and man.

The 21st century evangelical church is being challenged more about Jesus than every before because of the new tactics people are using to try and distort, discredit, and diminish any biblical identity of Jesus as the true Son of God.

According to Lee Strobel’s The Case For the Real Jesus, there are six challenges why people do not see Jesus correctly (these are their new excuses):

1. “Scholars are uncovering a radically different Jesus in ancient documents just as credible as the four gospels.”

2. “The Bible’s portrait of Jesus can’t be trusted because the church tampered with the text.”

3. “There are new explanations to refute Jesus’ resurrection and the examination of the cross.”

4. “Christianity’s beliefs about Jesus were copied from pagan religions.”

5. “Jesus was an imposter who failed to fulfill the messianic prophecies.”

6. “People should be free to pick and choose what they want to believe about Jesus.”


Where can we find the real Jesus? In the Word of God!
Discovering the Real Jesus can only be found in his autobiography – The Four Gospels.
Matthew – Jesus as Messiah, the fulfillment of Old Testament hopes.
Mark – Jesus as Suffering Son of God, who offers himself as a sacrifices for sins.
Luke – Jesus as Savior for all nations and people groups.
John – Jesus as the eternal Son of God, the self revelation of God the Father.

The Identity of Jesus’ deity is demonstrated and boldly observed in the Gospels. The Gospels provide such overwhelming evidence about Jesus and who he claimed to be.

Jesus Christ proved his identity in four kinds of acts that he was the eternal Son of God.

1. Prophecy Fulfilled 
(Matthew 1:22-23 born of a virgin, 2:5 born in Bethlehem, 2:15 fled to Egypt, 2:17 inn is full, 2:23 home town in Nazareth, 3:3, 4:13 live in Capernaum) [19 total fulfilled in Matthew!]

2. Authoritative Teaching
A. Matthew 7:28-29 sermon on the mount
B. Mark 1:27-28 his preaching
C. Mark 2:1-3:6 teaching
D. John’s seven “I AM” statements

3. Mighty Deeds
A. Exorcisms (Mark 5:1-20)
B. Healings (restorations John 6:16-21)
C. Rising people from the dead (John 11)

4. Nature Miracles
A. Jesus feeds the 5000 & 4000 (Mark 6, 8)
B. Jesus calms the Sea (Mark 4:35-41)
C. Jesus walks on Water (Mark 6:45-52)
D. Jesus turns water into wine (John 2)

So what does the rest of the New Testament say about Jesus?
New Testament Christology: 
(John 1:1-3, 8:58, 10:30; Philippians 2:5; Colossians 1:15-20, 2:9; Hebrews 1:1-3)

Paul understood who Jesus was!
Hypostatic Union – This teaching is the dual nature of Christ - fully God and fully man. Therefore, Jesus in his Sonship as the only begotten from the Father is essentially God and contains the fullness of God in deity, while at the same time was a man who walked on the earth just like us. If he is the fullness of deity, then he has God's attributes:
A. Eternal attributes as God. 
B. Equal attributes as God.

Wrapping Up.
Why is it important to know the deity of Christ?
A. Because if Jesus was just a man, then it would be just another man dying. If he was a God-Man, as he claimed, then he can die a righteous and eternal sacrifice that can provide atonement.

Why do we need to know the deity of Christ?
A. It is essential! It is essential because our faith rests in his deity. Our faith is founded upon Jesus as the eternal Son of God who came, died, was buried, rose again, and ascended to the right hand of God the Father in heaven, who we wait for to come!

Why do we have to embrace the doctrine of the deity of Christ?
A. Because of “Immanuel” – God with us!
B. Because without it, we would be dead in our sins because he would not of risen as the Son of God!
C. So we can understand the reality of the truth in Jesus Christ and share the wonderful news of our glorious God who loved us while we were yet sinners and died for us.

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