christTHE DOCTRINES OF CHRIST – HIS PERSON

Below is what is called the Doctrines of Christ – His Person.  These truths are what separated Christ from other men.  He was both fully man and fully God.  He walked among men, got tired after a long day, became hungry when He didn’t eat, and became thirsty for water like all men.  He was fully man.

However, He also turned water into wine, walked on water, and turned the raging sea into calm just by speaking to it. The sea obeyed His command.  He was fully God.  I don’t know of anyone else being able to do that.

DOCTRINE

EXPLINATION

SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE

Jesus the Person

Jesus came to us as a baby.  He grew into a man, walked among us, healed the leper, gave sight to the blind, and commanded the lame to walk.

 

He spoke of peace, love, joy, Heaven, Hell, sin, forgiveness, death.  He was kind when kindness was needed.  He was firm when confronted.  He raised the dead and calmed the sea,

 

At about thirty-three years of age, Jesus was crucified on a cross.  Three days later, he rose from the grave. Death could not hold Him.  He was the Master, Lord, God, Savior, the Almighty, Creator, Sustainer, Propitiation, Peracleate, Lily of the Valley, Bright and Morning Star, the Lion and the Lamb.

 

He will return again soon!

 

Do know Him … or rather, does He know you?

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. Hebrews 1:1-4

Jesus had no beginning, has no end

Christ is eternal. He is the Alpha and Omega. Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet, Omega the last. The terminology here can only be applied to His eternal incarnation. To put it in clear terms, He has no beginning and no end.

 

When He came in His Incarnation, that is, his birth here on earth, He came as a little baby. The eternal Christ entered our world of time and space for a period of about thirty-three ears. He was given the name Jesus. Jesus the Christ.

 

He was crucified on the cross. However, three days later a rose from the grave, to live for all eternity future.

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." Revelation 1:8

 

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last." Revelation 22:13

Jesus is the second person of the Trinity

The common word regarding the doctrine is the ‘Trinity’. Although this word does not appear in the Bible, teaching regarding this word explains a triune-God.

 

God the Father, God the Sun, and God the Holy Spirit. That is the ‘Trinity’. One God, manifested in three persons, not three gods.

 

Cult religions reject this doctrine emphatically because their entire system of false teaching crumbles before them.

 

In the Old Testament, Got the Father spoke. When Jesus was here, God the Sun spoke. Now, during the church age, God the Holy Spirit speaks. When Jesus returns God the Sun will speak again.

 

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." Revelation 1:8

 

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; Colossians 2:9

 

Jesus is the culmination of all prophets and what they said:

In the past, God spoke to man through His prophets. However, when Christ came, He no longer spoke through them. He spoke through Christ.

 

Jesus Christ was the last prophet. There are no prophets. Jesus is now the priest. There are no human priests today. When He returns, he will be the last King. There will be not more kings. Jesus Christ is both Prophet, and Priest, and King.

 

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, Hebrews 1:1

Jesus is heir of all things:

Jesus Christ is the inheritor of all things on earth, in the heavens, and below the earth. All that exists is His.

… has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, …  Hebrews 1:2

Jesus is the Radiance of God’s Glory and the express image of God’s Person:

God is a spirit. Jesus was the express image of God as a person. The glory of God was in Christ’s person.

 

When we usually talk about God’s glory, we refer to His holy presence in heaven, surrounded by angels, seraphim, and cherubim. However, in Jesus, God’s glory came down to earth and walked among us … that is, we beheld God’s glory in Jesus Christ.

 

When Scripture speaks of Jesus being the ‘firstborn over all creation’, it is referring to all the inheritance, privileges, and heir ship that apply to a first born son. It is not talking about any ‘birth’ in the convention sense, since Christ has always existed, from eternity past to eternity future.

who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, … Hebrews 1:3

 

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Colossians 1:15

 

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

Jesus was the Incarnate Word

This is difficult for us finite people to understand. However, a subject’s difficulty does not require an easy interpretation that departs from the truth.

 

Jesus was the Word of God. The word that spoke the universe into existence was Jesus. The word that we read, the Bible, is God’s Holy Word. Jesus is that Word.

 

As God is eternal, so is the Word of God, in the person of Jesus Christ.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

Jesus was God in the flesh - was both fully God and fully man

This doctrine is the one that all the other doctrines of Jesus hinge. Jesus made it clear that He was God. Either He was telling the truth, or He was the most profound liar of all time. I’ve chosen to take the former.

 

In the verses listed in the right column, it is clear not only what the Bible declares about Jesus Christ being God, He made that clear Himself.

 

The Bible says:

 

“In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” The Godhead is often called the Trinity, that is, God the Father, God the Sun, and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus was the full expression here on earth.

 

“… His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." The very definition of Jesus’ Hebrew name ‘Immanuel’ tells us He was God in our midst.

 

“He who has seen Me has seen the Father;” Jesus makes it clear that the person Philip, one of Jesus’ disciples, when looking at Him (Jesus), was looking at God the Father. God was in the disciples’ presence.

 

“Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” The Bible sells us was are to have no other gods. If that is the case, and Jesus is Lord, then the only obvious explanation is that Jesus was God.

 

City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Again, He is referenced Lord.  "I am the Alpha and Omega, the Almighty.” The name ‘I am’ was given to Moses on Mt. Sini when he asked God what His name was. God’s reply was, “I am that I am. Say I AM has sent you.”

 

Jesus was clearly saying that name applied to both Him and God.

 

This is difficult for our finite minds to understand this doctrine. It’s easier to just reject it. However, for those who have put their trust in Jesus Christ will one day understand it all.

 

This doctrine of Jesus Christ being God is what eventually to His crucifixion. The religious system was having a hard time keeping up with is teachings and miracles. However, when Jesus began making references to Him being God, it became heresy in their ears. This gave them grounds, so they thought, to move forward with the crucifixion.

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; Colossians 2:9

 

"BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD, AND BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL," which is translated, "God with us." Matthew 1:23

 

Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. John 14:8-11

 

He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! Revelation 22:20

 

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

 

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." Revelation 1:8

Jesus upholds all things:

This is the same power He used as God in creating the universe, which He spoke into existence.

… upholding all things by the word of His power, … Hebrews 1:3

Jesus purged our sins:

"… Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” This is the thesis statement on the purpose of Jesus’ life. He came to atone for our sin.

 

When Jesus died on the cross, he shed His blood as payment for our sins. The Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death. And, since we are all sinners, that death applies to us.

 

Jesus, on the cross, died in our place. He shed His blood to cover our sins, and He died in our place, so that all who trust in Him can find forgiveness for their sins, and gain eternal life.

 

In the Old Testament, the High Priest would sacrifice a lamb for his sins, the sins of his family, and the sins of his people. Jesus offered up Himself on the cross. He was both the High Priest, and the sacrifice.

 

Jesus died for your sins and mine, plain and simple.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29

 

… when He had by Himself purged our sins, … Hebrews 1:3

 

Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people's, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. Hebrews 7:25-27

All things were created for Him and thru Him

Jesus created the world. As a matter of fact, He created everything that was created.

 

“All things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”

 

Jesus created everything from the farthest milky way to the smallest microorganism. He created it and sustains it.

… through whom also He made the worlds; Hebrews 1:2

 

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. John 1:3

 

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. Colossians 1:16-17

Jesus never sinned –

He was born of a

virgin

Jesus never sinned. He was perfect.

 

The ‘sin seed’ is carried through the father. Women have a sin nature because they get it from their father. Jesus was born of the virgin Mary. He had not earthly father. For that reason, not only did Jesus never sin, He couldn’t sin. He was not capable of sinning. It was not in Him.

 

Because He never sinned, He was the perfect sacrifice for our sins. On the cross, He took our sins and bled and died in our place. Having paid the penalty for our sins, those who put their trust in Him will have their sins forgiven. Because of Christ’s death on the cross, the Bible says God cast our sins into the sea and remembers them no more. The Bible tells us that, as far as the east is from the west, so far has he separated us from our sin.

 

He was perfect, we are sinful. He became sin, and we through Him are made perfect.

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15

Jesus died on the cross, descended into Hell, and rose the third day.

This is called the Gospel of Christ. It is a three part, inseparable doctrine. Jesus was crucified on a cross, he died, and on the third day, He rose from the grave.

 

That is what Easter Sunday is all about. It’s not about the Easter Bunny or colored eggs. It’s about Jesus conquering death. Those who put their trust in His saving grace will also rise from the grave as He did.

For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Jesus was exalted on high:

Jesus is now in Heaven, sitting at the right hand of God. He has been exalted from His human state back to His Divine state.

 

One day, He will return to this earth to set up His kingdom, which will last one thousand years. At that time, His enemies will be made His footstool.

 

Jesus will be declared King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

… sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, Hebrews 1:3

 

... who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him. 1 Peter 3:22

 

And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. Hebrews 10:11-14