Posted tagged ‘Christology’

The Incarnation of Christ

April 3, 2008

“Incarnation” comes from 2 words which are combined to mean “in” “flesh.”  When we talk about the incarnation of Christ, we mean that God took on humanity in the person of Jesus Christ.  How did that happen?  The simple answer is the Virgin Birth.  But think about how can God become man and still remain God. 

 That is what the subject of the incarnation deals with.  How did God become man?  And Why?

The class notes are now available.

Christology 101 Lesson 10 The Incarnation of Christ 

Old Testament Types of Christ

March 6, 2008

Several words are used to translate the word “type” in the New Testament.  “Type,” “Shadow,” “Representation,” etc.  Perhaps the word “prototype” gives you a better understanding of what a type is.  If you think of a shadow, it is often a vague outline of something tangible.  Perhaps you have shined a light on the wall in a dark room and played “shadow puppets.”  You can make a shadow that looks like a bunny, or a puppy, etc.  The Old Testament in expectation of the Messiah, used a number of “types” to better describe Christ and His work.  He is compared to Adam, Aaron, Isaac, Joseph, the Passover, the Rock, Manna, and many others. 

So far we have discussed, Adam, Aaron, Isaac, and Joseph.  Since we did not cover nearly all of our material, we will still be on this subject next Sunday, March 9.  We did update the notes and they are ready for download. 

One character we really want to cover next Sunday is Melchizedek.  Look at the notes and read the passages that discuss this little known character of Scripture.  I think you will be amazed as you read what the Bible says about him.  It really gives you an insight into the intricacy of the Scriptures.  God had these things written hundreds and even thousands of years before Messiah came and they weave together perfectly.

Hope to see you Sunday.

Kelly 

Old Testament “Types” of Christ

February 22, 2008

A “Type” is a representation or pre-figureing of something.  We might think of it as a template or even a shadow. 

The Old Testament is full of “Types” of Christ.  These are intentionally placed in the Scripture to describe and identify the Messiah when He came.  Some “types” are people, such as Melchizedek, or Isaac.  Some “types” are things such as Noah’s Ark.  Some “types” are events or ceremonies such as Passover.  Each of them beautifully picture the life and ministry of Jesus Christ hundreds of years before His Incarnation. 

Feel free to download these “updated notes.”

See you Sunday!

Sorry about leaving the “preliminary notes” up.  I am uploading the updated class notes now.

Christology 101 Lesson 9 Old Testament Types of Christ 

Auditorium Class Notes Available for 2007/1/27

January 22, 2008

Dear Auditorium Class of Wellspring Church,

 This is a rare occasion.  The handouts for next Sunday’s class are already posted.  You may go to the page that is marked as the page where all the class notes are available for download and find “Christology 101  Lesson 7  More Christophanies.”  Feel free to download it and study ahead. 

I don’t plan to make a habit of this in case anyone is wondering.  So enjoy it while you can. 

Also, feel free to invite a friend to take a look at our blog or the class notes and invite them to come this Sunday.  This week’s lesson should be very interesting.  We will be discussing a mass death, a talking donkey (not in the movie Shrek), and Mr. Chicken.  The one unifying factor is a Christophany.

Your fellow pilgrim,

Pastor Kelly

PS  If you look at the Scripture and have some questions ahead of time, please feel free to post them here.  I will try to take a look again before Sunday.

Early Church Councils and Creeds

January 16, 2008

We owe the early church leaders a great debt for their faithful legacy to the truth, in spite of personal comfort or acceptance.  They embodied their beliefs in doctrinal statements called Creeds.  These men were not ivory tower theologians.  They lived in a real world that was hostile to the truth about Jesus Christ.  Most of them had personally suffered persecution or torture for their faith.  It makes these early church statements all the more rich and precious.

Feel free to download the class handout below that describes some of these councils and creeds.

Early Church Councils and Creeds

Christology 101 Lesson 1

January 15, 2008

Here is the rough outline of Lesson 1.  It is in PDF Format so you will need adobe acrobat reader to open it.

Christology 101 Lesson 1

A Starting Point

January 10, 2008

Polycarp was an early Christian who was converted under the ministry of the Apostle John.  He became the Pastor of the church the church in Smyrna which is in modern day Turkey.  It is also one of the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation.  He was a very humble and loving man.  At age 86 he was still active and a leader.  A riot broke out in the city and like most mob justice, it spread like a prairie fire on rumor and rage.  The Christians, as usual were the target of this persecution.  Several were beaten and killed, then someone asked where was Pastor Polycarp. 

He tried to hide and wait it out, but was discovered by a child who reported him.  His arrestors took him to the Roman proconsul who offered him the oppotunity to save his pain and his life by simply denying Christ.  He refused.  “Eighty and six years have I served Him and He never did me any injury.  How then can I blaspheme my King and my Saviour?” 

They bound the old saint to a stake, piled the wood high around him, lit it on fire, and sat back to watch him die.  The story is told that he sang and the flames that were supposed to extinguish his life merely rose up as a wall around him.  The proconsul angered by this ordered a soldier to pierce him with a spear. 

His last recorded prayer was as follows:  “I praise you for making me worthy to be received among the numer of the martyrs this day and this hour, so that I share in teh cup of Christ for the resurrection of my soul.”

When we approach the topic of Christology, it is important to consider that Christians are in a long red line of people who have considered Jesus Christ to be more than a man, more than a religious leader, more than a prophet.  They have considered Him to be the Son of God, in actual fact, God the Son.  Polycarp is only one of millions of Christians who have been willing to back up this precious belief with their blood. 

Another interesting thought is that these martyrs did not back up their belief by shedding blood, but by having their own blood shed by their accusers.  In most cases these martyrs prayed for their accusers following the example of Christ. 

I begin with this very old and very simple story to emphasize the importance of the subject of Christology.  Those of us who have the benefit of living in 21st centry America where our rights are constitutionally protected are among the most privileged in history.  We find it hard to relate to Christians living in the Roman Empire who had no Bill of Rights.  We find it hard to relate to Christians living around the world today in Muslim controlled or Communist controlled countries who have no Bill of Rights.

As a result, we tend to approach theological topics in a very laid back and academic way.  After all, no one is going to start a riot and burn us at the stake if we get a different answer than theirs, at least most.   So we have an attitude that seems to say, “You can believe what you want to and I will believe what I want to and it’s not worth debating.”  The early Christians did not have tha luxury.  They had to focus like a laser on theology.  Their theology, and especially their Christology, had to be spot on.  They had to be ready to give an answer. 

I believe that the 21st first century will be much like the 1st century.  More martyrs will be made and are being made.  Theology is becoming important again.  Christology is coming to the front of the discussion again.  Where people used to assume that most people believed in the deity of Christ in this country, now it is 50/50.  Maybe if they are polled secretly you might get a higher percentage, but Christians are not speaking up and perhaps it is because they have been out of the discussion for so long that they are uninformed. 

One goal of this blog is to get a discussion going about the nature of the person of Christ.  I am teaching a class on this subject right now and I will post my notes for my class and for anyone.  I hope they are helpful and enable Christians to articulate their faith in Christ clearly and accurately, and to have the firm and settled faith of Polycarp and the long red line of Christianity.