Let’s learn about these key Christological points together, in the Q & A format.
Let’s place his two natures side-by-side with verses from Scripture to see who he really is.
This topic is about Jesus Christ in his full personhood. Let’s use the Question and Answer format for clarity and conciseness.
This post answers a series of tough questions about this vital and indispensable doctrine.
Good question, and the answer is clear, based on one biblical truth. Other questions are included here, as well.
From the Council of Chalcedon (AD 451). English, Greek, and Latin are included; discusses how the definition opposes three deficient teachings about Christ (Apollinarianism, Nestorianism, and Monophysitism) and answers the objection that the fifth-century church just made it all up.
Two natures (deity and humanity) are united in one person—the person of Jesus Christ. Let’s use the Q & A format, for clarity and conciseness.
His entire existence in one panoramic image.
Who was he before he came to earth?
What does ‘incarnation’ mean? What does emptying oneself mean? Basics in a Q & A format.
In the last post we introduced the idea of kenosis (self-emptying). Let’s explore this further as it relates to Jesus.
Some say the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) are silent about this claim. But they are not, if you know where to look.
Was it necessary? What did it accomplish? What does it mean to you?
People would make Jesus in their image. But who was he really, as defined by those who knew him best or heard from those who did?
Can we dispense with the notion that Jesus as a simple peasant, a godly one, from Galilee, but no more than that?
Jesus came with the express purpose of preaching the good news of the kingdom, living a godly life, and dying as a sacrifice for our sins.
Certain denominations teach that Jesus went into hell (or the underworld) to preach to confined human souls. True?
It goes a lot deeper than just coming back from the dead. Christ is our example and leader. Here are the basics about his resurrection.
It was a physical body, but it had a spiritual dimension. A new era had been ushered in—for us, foretelling our future state after we die.
It is the central message of the New Testament. His resurrection means everything to you.
We Renewalists—those belonging to the worldwide, historical Renewal Movements—also believe he still appears to people today.
Here are the basics about his ascension.
It jump-starts our new life in Christ—we can renew our minds and hearts by thinking on it.
Christ sat down at the right hand of God and on his throne. Now we can be seated with him in heavenly places!
This series contrasts the ministry of Jesus and his view of the sword with the life of Muhammad and use of the sword. Then the series contrasts earliest Christian leaders and their view on the sword with the earliest Muslims leaders’s use of it. The two religions are not the same.
In our comparative study of the two religions of Christianity and Islam, we begin with the mission of Jesus, since he lived about 600 years before Muhammad. The next part in the series, the Mission of Muhammad, is designed to mirror this one you’re reading now.
This article is designed to be compared with the previous one about Jesus and his mission. It has a chronological timeline of Muhammad’s comnquests.
This article is designed to be contrasted with the next one about the sword in the Quran, in our comparative study of the two religions.
This article should be contrasted with the previous one about the Gospels and the sword, in our comparative study of the two religions.
In this one article in the series, the two religions are placed side by side, so to speak. The two religions are very different.
Did they pick up swords to stop the persecution and control nonconformists? This article is designed to be contrasted with the next one about the sword in the early Muslim community, in our comparative study of the two religions.
During his lifetime, Muhammad set the genetic code, and the first four caliphs followed his example. They actually used the sword. Contrast this use with the non-use in earliest Christianity.
In this comparative study of the two religions, Jesus and his early followers and Muhammad and the earliest Muslims had interaction with Jews, whose Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament) is the foundation of Christianity and strongly influenced Islam, since the Quran very often refers to Biblical stories and characters.
This article covers martyrdom by the sword in our comparative study of the two religions, in their origins.
This article covers and reviews topics left unanswered in the rest of this series.
This article is the final one in the series, which was a comparative study of the two religions. Here, at last, we summarize, with some analysis, the major differences between the two religions, side by side, so to speak. They are not the same–not even close.
The meme is still out there. Islam is the religion of peace, nothing but peace, and the whole peace. It is time to tell the truth about Islam–or maintain the truth about it. The title of the post is ironic. He really did kill mockers.
Muslim polemicists frequently quote Matthew 10:34, which mentions a sword, drawing a parallel between Christianity and Islam: They reason: Jesus and Muhammad both endorse jihad, so why would Christians today complain about it in Islam? However, their reasoning is deadly misinformed. Real violence is in the Quran.
Did you know Islamic jihad continued without stopping for four hundred years before the Pope called for the first major crusade?
Islamic terrorism may eventually be defeated in its large manifestations, like the one we saw on 9/11, but built into earliest Islam is an ultimate goal—what is it, according to the Quran, the Hadith (Muhammad’s words and deeds outside of the Quran), and Muhammad’s life?
Three faiths have claimed ownership over Jerusalem: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Yet plain and ancient history favors Jewish ownership over the holy city.
But was he more than that?
It reveals his (sinless) human nature with the anointing of God coming on him.
They’re both Messianic titles, but they have nuances that need to be explored.
This title denotes his human nature, but also his divine nature.
This title often means more than “sir’ or ‘my lord.’ It can mean the LORD in the Old Testament. A table of references in the Old Testament and New Testament is included.
What does that title mean?
But he was not a king in the mold of Caesar. He was called first to conquer invisible, spiritual dark forces, and your heart by love. In the near future, the worldly kingdoms are going down in defeat, visible for all to see.
Does “I am” mean just the first person being verb as we may use it of ourselves (“I am a human”)? Or does it have reference to the Old Testament and the great ‘I AM’??
These names and titles and activities and metaphors reveal his character and outreach towards needy humans. Many tables and Scripture references are included.
The Old Testament reality of God’s glory is carried forward into the New Testament. God communicates this attribute with us, in manifesting his presence, even visibly sometimes.
These myths appear in college papers and online. The users are eager to believe they don’t have a problem, so they have invented an entire mythology about this plant. Here are only five myths and the arguments to explode those same myths.
These myths show up in a variety of channels in the media and elsewhere, notably pro-marijuana websites, which are eager to draw in more customers to the unhealthy habit, so the weed advocates as an industry can make more money.
Big Tobacco? Get ready for Big Marijuana! Please don’t smoke it. The health risks are too great.
God’s attribute of beauty flows out of his goodness, glory and light, and shines on all of his creation and his highest creation—us.
It is closely related to glory. He is great, splendid, triumphant, dignified, and awesome.
What is the root or basis of the battle? Knowing that answer can make us wise about the tactics of the left.
A certain side of the political spectrum–the left–constantly attacks her. They base their criticism on bad or incomplete information. Enough is enough. This post includes a leftwing satirical rewrite of a treasured song.
Is America experiencing inevitable decline? A nervous breakdown?
We now begin the “Summary” attributes (perfection, blessedness, beauty, majesty, and glory), which means they complement and summarize and are comprehensive of the previous ones. They are capstones, so to speak.
This attribute means God knows himself in all his absolute perfections and takes calm delight in who he is. He exists and lives in totally and absolutely perfect blessedness.
No one tells him what to do or bosses him around or forces his hand. He is large and in charge. His will shall prevail in the end. How does human free will interact with this?
If your child were under attack, what would you do? That (imperfect) surge of protection that you feel comes close to the biblical definition of (perfect) jealousy in God. It’s about his protection over you.
It is an unpleasant topic until we understand it. Then it makes sense. God wrath is judicial. Think of an old English judge who wears a white wig.
This is one of God’s moral attributes or perfections, and it is communicable to us because we are made in the image of God and because he graces us with the capacity to do them, though imperfectly. We’re humans, after all.
This word is scary for some and delightful for others. Where do you stand?
We can see peace in the larger society and inner peace for each individual. We must receive it by faith in Christ.
Without it, we would be doomed because we would get what we deserved—quickly.
Gracious literally means “full of grace.” God cannot stop being gracious and showing us favor. It is in his very nature and being.
“God is love” (1 John 4:6, 16). But what does that mean? What does it look like?
He takes pity on you to deliver you or set you free. Only Jesus demonstrated the verb “to show compassion.”
He is good all the time and can never stop being good. It is in his very being. No matter your circumstances, he is still good. In Scripture, goodness is both moral and material—good things.
This means that God’s words are true, he is faithful, his character is trustworthy, and his promises will be fulfilled.