The Doctrine of Christ
1. The Need to Understand
The incarnation blows away any idea that God meets us halfway. Matthew 1:23 tells us that Christ’s name was to be Immanuel, which means God with us. He came to us to be with us and to belike us. He grew up like us, knew our sorrows, laughed like us, cried like we do, and saved us because we could not save ourselves. He was not just with us in theory but rather in the tangible flesh.
Why does Christ’s divinity matter? Why does our understanding of who Jesus is have to be informed by Scripture? Last week we studied the the humanity of Christ and its importance in our daily lives. The divinity of Christ is equally important to our faith and practice. If Jesus is God with us, then Jesus was God in bodily form. We will briefly explore some proofs of Christ’s divinity directly from Scripture.
4. Fully God and Fully Man
Like we’ve been studying the past few weeks, Jesus is fully God and fully human. Why does this matter, you ask? Why do we continue to come back to this reality? The answer is simple. The implications of a God-Man are immense. If Jesus is God then He is worthy of our worship. If Jesus is man, He can identify with us in our weakness...
5. Christ the Healer
Christ’s healing abilities come directly from His mission to make things right. He came to seek and save the lost, to draw all men and women to Himself, and to heal the broken hearted. He does this through the healing of our hearts from sin and through glorifying Himself in our bodies through healing and our good works.
6. Son of God
7. Prophet, Priest and King
8. Jesus is Good News
This week we see Christ’s humanity and divinity on display in the story of the woman at the well in John 4, as well as the way that Jesus approaches this woman with the gospel. The way that he deals with the woman at the well demonstrates the way that Christ, both fully man and fully God, engages with us in the midst of our sin.
9. Jesus our Rest
The rest that Christ gives us is the rest of the Gospel. His perfect life, undeserved death, and glorious resurrection secure for us an eternal rest that we could never achieve. Christ freely gives us rest from sin, death, and hell, which was impossible through the law, while rest through a neglect of the law proved unfruitful as well.
10. Christ our Holiness
By His very nature, Christ calls us to holiness. He did not leave us without a means by which we could achieve it. He died to give us his righteousness and sent the Spirit to us to help us achieve righteousness and holiness here.
11. Grace and Effort
Sanctification, the act of being made holy, can be a difficult thing to understand for new believers and seasoned believers alike. How much work do we have to put in? Does God do it all? Do we just “let go and let God?” Can we walk in holiness? The discussion of grace and effort in the Christian life can be seen in the way that Paul addresses the churches.
12. Christ is Preeminent
Christ is greater than our sin and has defeated sin for us once and for all. On the cross, our guilt and shame were washed away. Our debt was paid and our inheritance secure. This has implications, however: our salvation eliminates any source of pride. We can’t boast in our good works or in what we have done for others.
13. So What?
In our series on the Doctrine of Christ, we’ve covered a myriad of topics and seen different facets of Christ. So what, though? Why does all of this matter? We’ve covered a ton of material over the past few months; sometimes it can be tough to connect all the dots and apply it to our lives.