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CHRISTOLOGY

I. HIS PRE-EXISTENCE

A. Evidence Found in Scripture

The OT reveals His preexistence (Micah 5:2 "Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth have been from of old."; Isa. 9:6). The Scripture reveals His preexistence in the following ways: (John 1:1 existence before creation; 14:2; 8:58); work in creation (Col. 1:16); appearances before incarnation (Ex. 3:2,4); His names Logos, ("became flesh" John 1 ; Son of God and Jehovah.

II. His incarnation

We teach that Jesus was virgin born. He became "in the flesh" /incarnate. This incarnation/birth is predicted in Isa 7:14. The Greek NT clearly shows that Jesus was of Mary (Matt. 1:16; in regards to human parentage). We teach that God1s purpose for the incarnation was to reveal God to men (John 1:18). Jesus' incarnation also provided for the following: an example for godly living (I Peter 2:21); a sacrifice for sins of men (Heb 10:1-10); destruction of the works of the devil (I John 3:8); a compassionate high priest (Heb 5:1-2). We teach that the following things happened as a result of the incarnation: destruction of the works of the devil (I John 3:8); future fulfillment of the Davidic covenant (Luke 1:31-33); Jesus is highly exalted (Phil 2:9). Christ perfect humanity/incarnation did not diminish His deity. His humanity and deity are joined for eternity.

III. HIS HUMANITY.

We teach that Christ's humanity is revealed in the Scripture in the following ways: His human body, His human birth (Gal. 4:4), natural growth process Lk. 2:52, observed and touched by men (1 John 1:1; Matt. 26:1; His human soul and spirit (Matt 26:38; Lk. 23:46) We teach that His limitations recorded in the Bible also reveal His humanity. He thirsted (Jn.19:28); grew tired (Jn. 4:6) ; wept Jn. 11:35; was proved (Heb. 4:15); called by Human names, examples- (The Son of ,Man Lk.19:10,Jesus ,Matt.1:21,Son of David, Mk. 10:47,and Man (Isa. 53:3; 1 Tim. 2:5). We teach that His humanity was also unique in that He was sinless (Heb. 4:15). And finally, He died.

IV. HIS DEITY

We teach that Christ's deity is established by His names. The following names are proof of His deity: God (Heb. 1:8); Son of God (Matt. 16:16); Lord (Matt. 22:43-45); King of kings and Lord of lords (Rev. 19:16). We teach that the characteristics of Christ revealed in the Bible proves His deity. He is Omnipotent (Matt. 28:18); He is Omniscient (Jn. 1:48); and He is Omnipresent (Matt.18:20); He is Immutable (Heb. 13:8); He is the life giver (Jn. 1:4); and He is Truth (Jn. 14:6). We teach that Christ's works also prove His deity. The following passages in Scripture prove His deity: creation (Jn. 1:3); maintaining creation (Col. 1:17); ability to forgive sin (Lk. 7:48); ability to resurrect men (Jn. 5:25); authority to judge (Jn. 5:27); power and authority to send the Holy Spirit (Jn. 15:26). We teach that Christ's deity is also proven in the fact that He is worshiped in the following ways: by angels (Heb. 1:6); by men Matt. 14:33); and finally, by all men (future Phil. 2:10). His deity is also seen in His equality in the triunity. He is equal to the Father and the Spirit (Jn. 14:23; Mat. 28:19).

V. HIS EARTHLY LIFE


Jesus was prepared for His earthly and heavenly ministries by various stages in His life. Although His conception was miraculous His birth was natural. He went through all the stages of childhood that every human must pass through until He reached maturity. He was baptized. He was tempted by the Devil. Jesus' early ministry of preaching began in Judea Jn. 2:13-4:3. Ministry in Galilee Mk. 1:14-9:50. The last week of His life is known as His passion Lk. 19:29-22:46. His betrayal and arrest Jn. 18:2-13.


VI. THE KENOSIS

Kenosis means literally to empty. The study of the Kenosis involves determining what the limitations of Christ were during His earthly ministry. Philippians 2:7 seems to imply that Christ restricted Himself or limited Himself in some way. A proper view of the kenosis understands that He veiled His preincarnate glory. He also condescended in taking likeness of sinful flesh in the form of a human body. Also Christ voluntarily did not use some of His attributes during the time of His ministry of earth. The false theory of the kenosis believes that Christ gave up some of His attributes during the time of His earthly ministries. We do not believe this could be true because it would mean that He stopped being fully God at some time.

VII. HIS IMPECCABILITY

Definition: "Christ was not able to sin. It does not mean merely that Christ was able not to sin." We do not agree with those that suggest that Christ must have had the ability to sin. Their reason being if He did not He could not be our compassionate High Priest (Heb 4:15). We teach that the Devil acted in testing Christ by trying to tempt Him. The act of tempting does not necessitate that Christ must have the ability to sin. Nor does an Omniscient God need to have the disposition to sin in order to understand the man that He created. We teach that the Devil's tempting resulted in proving Christ sinless ness.

VIII. THE RESURRECTION

We teach that the Bible records factual evidence that verifies Christ's actual resurrection. The following Biblical evidences give proof to Christ's resurrection: an empty tomb, appearances to, Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-17) , the other women (Matt 28:9-10) , to Peter (I Cor 15:5) those on the Emmaus road (Luke 24:13-35), the ten (Luke 24:36-43), over 500 (I Cor 15:6). Also: the reality of the Church, the change in the disciples, the change from meeting on the Sabbath to meeting on Sunday. 

IX. HIS ASCENSION

The ascension is predicted in the OT (Ps. 68:18; 110:1). In the NT it is clearly described in Acts 1:6-11. We teach that Christ actually ascended up into Heaven at His ascension. His ascension marked a transition from His earthly ministry into His state of exaltation.

X. HIS PRESENT MINISTRY

He is now: our High Priest (Heb. 2:18), Head of the Church (Eph. 1:20-23), and preparing a place for His saints (Jn. 14:1-3). He has formed the Body of the Church (Acts 2:33). He is sanctifying those who believe in Him from the moment of conversion (Eph. 5:26). He provides spiritual gifts for the furthering and edification of His Church (Eph. 4:7-13). And finally, He is the source of power for the life of the Church (Jn. 15:1-10).

XI. HIS FUTURE MINISTRY

We teach that Christ will raise men from the dead. Some will be raised for for eternal life (Dan.12:22; 1 Thes. 4:13-18) and others for eternal condemnation (Rev. 20:5). We teach that believers in the Church age will be raised at the Rapture of the Church (1 Thes. 4:13-18). Christ will reward believers in the future (Judgment Seat of Christ, 1 Cor.3. We teach that Christ will come (Second Coming- see ESCHATOLOGY) to judge unbelievers at the Great White Throne judgment (Rev. 20:11-15).


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