God the Son
God the eternal Son became incarnate in Jesus Christ. Through Him all things were created, the character of God is revealed, the salvation of humanity is accomplished, and the world is judged. Forever truly God, He became also truly man, Jesus the Christ. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived and experienced temptation as a human being but perfectly exemplified the righteousness and love of God. By His miracles He manifested God’s power and was attested as God’s promised Messiah. He suffered and died voluntarily on the cross for our sins and in our place, was raised from the dead, and ascended to minister in the heavenly sanctuary on our behalf. He will come again in glory for the final deliverance of His people and the restoration of all things. – “Fundamental Belief,” 4
· The Union of the Two Natures
o The person of Jesus Christ has two natures: divine and human.
o He is the God-man > 100% God and 100% man
o Christ is a Union of Two Natures
§The Bible describes Jesus as one person, not two.
§Paul describes the person Jesus Christ as God’s Son (divine nature) who is born of a woman (human nature; Gal. 4:4).
§Phil. 2:6,7; Rom. 8:3; 1Tim. 3:16, 1John 4:2
o The Blending of the Two Natures
§At times the Bible describes the Son of God in terms of His human nature: Acts 20:28, Col.1:13,14
§At other instances it characterizes the Son of Man in terms of His divine nature: John 3:13; Rom. 9:5
§When Christ became incarnate, Christ did not cease to be God, NOR was His divinity reduced to the level of humanity.
§“In Him,” Paul says, “dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily”- Col. 2:9
o The Necessity of the Union of the Two Natures
§To reconcile humanity with God
· Only a divine-human Saviour could bring salvation.
· The ladder in Jacob’s dream, symbolizing Christ, reaches us where we are.
· The combined divine-human nature makes effective Christ’s atoning sacrifice.
§To veil divinity with humanity
· Christ veiled His divinity with the garb of humanity, laying aside His celestial glory and majesty so that sinners would be able to exist in His presence without being destroyed. Phil. 2:6-8
§To live victoriously
· Christ’s humanity alone could never have endured the deception of Satan!
· Christ’s experience in victorious living is not His exclusive privilege. – Eph. 3:19
· He offers us the same power by which He overcame. – Rev. 3:21
· The Offices of Jesus Christ
o The offices of prophet, priest, and king were unique, generally requiring a consecration service through anointing.- 1Kings 19:16, Ex. 30:30
o Christ performs His work as mediator between God and us through the offices of prophet, priest, and king.
o Christ the Prophet
§God revealed Christ’s prophetic office to Moses. – Deut. 18:18
§Jesus referred to Himself as “prophet”. – Luke 13:33
§Before His incarnation Christ filled the Bible writers with His Spirit and gave them prophecies about His sufferings and subsequent glories.- 1Pet. 1:11
o Christ the Priest
§Christ’s earthly priesthood
· The priest’s role at the altar of burnt offering symbolized Jesus’ earthly ministry. – Heb. 5:1,4,10
· The priest was to reconcile the worshipers to God through the sacrificial system, which presented the provision of atonement for sin (Lev. 1:4).
· These sacrifices were not sufficient and could not make the offerer perfect, take away sins, or produce a clear conscience. – Heb. 10:1-4
· The Old Testament SAID that the Messiah Himself would take the place of these animal sacrifices. – Ps. 4:7-9
§Christ’s heavenly priesthood
· The priestly ministry Jesus began on earth, He completes in heaven.
· His humiliation on earth as God’s suffering servant qualified Him to be our High Priest in heaven. – Heb. 2:17,18; 4:15; 5:2
· Christ began His intercessory work immediately following His ascension – His sacrifice was perfect.
· Christ’s intercession offers encouragement to His people. – Heb. 7:25
o Christ the King
§God “has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all” – Ps. 103:19
§Christ, as the God-man, will exercise His kingship over those WHO have accepted Him as Lord and Saviour. – Heb. 1:8, 9
§Christ’s kingdom was not established without strife. – Ps. 2:2
§To Mary the angel Gabriel announced that Jesus was to be that Messianic ruler. – Luke 1:33
§The kingdom of grace
· Immediately afer the first human had sinned the kingdom of grace was instituted.
· Through faith people could become its citizens. – Heb. 9:15-18
· Jesus’ proclamation, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15) was a direct reference to the kingdom of grace soon to be established by His death.
· The kingdom of grace is not seën in outward show but by its effects on the heart of the believers.
· The establishment of this kingdom was an excruciating experience, affirming that there is no crown without a cross.
· Through the deepest humiliation – death on the cross – Christ established the kingdom of grace.
§The kingdom of glory
· A representation of the kingdom of glory was given at the Mount of Transfiguration. – Matt. 17:2
· Moses and Elijah represented the redeemed.
· Moses those who died in Christ and Elijah those alive when Jesus returns.
· The Kingdom of glory will be established with cataclysmic events at Christ’s return – Matt. 24:27-31; 25:31, 32
· The kingdom of glory will finally be established on earth at the end of the millennium, when the New Jerusalem descents from heaven.
It is a life that increasingly displays genuine love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22,23) – the fruits of the relationship Jesus offers to all WHO commit their lives to Him. Who can resist such an offer?? CAN YOU???