Foundations of Our Faith Bible Study – Part 6 – The Person of Jesus

(Session 1) Jesus Christ is God Incarnate

The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is God. Jesus Christ is called Immanuel, which we know means, “God with us

Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel.

(Isaiah. 7:14)

But it is not just His names and titles that declare His divinity. Christ’s activities (what He did) also portray His divine nature. The world was created through Him (John. 1:3) He is seen to forgives sin.  (Luke 7:48). He was worshiped (Matt. 2:11a). And when Christ was recognized as God by his disciples He did not correct the worshippers.  (John. 20:28).

Jesus was a man.

Jesus Christ was God, but He became a man. He experienced human needs, such as hunger (Matt. 4:2). Thirst (John. 19:28) He needed Sleep (Matt. 8:24). He was seen to become weary (John. 4:6). He was even seen to weep. (John. 11). In short, Jesus is God and Jesus is Man. That is why he was called both the Son of God and the Son of Man.

And as the Son of God Jesus died.

Jesus Christ became our substitute to pay for sin, so people could have a relationship with God. Doctrinally, those four aspects are referred to as substitution, propitiation, redemption, and reconciliation

1        Jesus died as a substitute (Isa. 53:6). (OHP 17)

2        Jesus died to be a propitiation for our sin (1 Jn. 2:2).

3        Jesus also died to redeem us;

4        But also to reconcile us to God

To put it all very simply, Jesus died in our place to pay for our sins, so we can have a relationship with God.

Session 2 - The Trinity

The doctrine of the trinity today and throughout history represents the dividing line between Christianity and all other world religions and belief systems. The Trinity is important because it tells us that all religions are not the same.  All religions do not by nature lead to God.  At the heart of every religion is an uncompromising commitment to a particular way of defining who God is and consequently defining life's purpose.  But with so many different world religions, how can Christians claim exclusivity of the truth? The truth is that every major religion in the world claims they are uniquely right. Truth by definition is always exclusive. Everything cannot be true because if everything is true, then nothing is false.

Some try and claim that all religions are fundamentally the same with only superficial differences. Rather the reverse is true: Most religions are superficially similar but are fundamentally different at their core.

None of the world main religions claim that all religions are the same.

The central view of the Christian view of God is that God is a God of love. If you say that God is love and you strip your view of God as a God without Christ then you have to ask the question, who was God loving before the creation of all things? You see communication and love are contained within the Trinity right from the start. In all other faiths the creation of life precedes love. Only in the Christian view of God, does God love before the creation of all things. God is love and this fact is declared even before the creation of anything. The Christian view of God, God didn't need to create humankind in order that he could love. God already loved, and out of that love he was motivated to create humankind.

That’s why Jesus' prayer was that That you and I may be one, like the father and I are one. (John 17:21). We can only be said to be created in the image of God because we have the capacity to love. That the very nature of our existence. As humans our view of God as seen in Christ is that which fully reveals God's capacity to love. The Bible presents love as something requiring a person to person relationship. This great love of God reaches its completion when it tells us that Gods people are; “to love our neighbors as ourselves” In other words, love by God’s own definition of holiness is a community of people in right relationship with one another, and with God.

A genuine response to this truth requires us to be in good relationships with both God and each other.  I can’t be who God meant me to be and you can’t be you who God planned you to be without reference to other people and how you relate to them.  We need to depend on one another and respond in true worship as a community. Visiting someone and supporting them through a difficult time may be the highest act of Christian worship.

Christianity is the only faith that truly has love at its heart. Within the heart of the trinity there is relationship and that relationship is bound together in love, and that relationship is offered and shared with you

In conclusion.

The doctrine of the eternal Trinity teaches that ultimate reality consists of us having a real meaningful relationship with God and with others.  The true understanding of the Trinity teaches us to value relationships and develop relationships above everything else. Both with God and with each other.

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