The Deity of Christ



The Biblical Teaching About The Deity Of Christ Is A Precious Truth And Foundational To The Christian Faith It Has Been Called The Most Distinctively Christian Doctrine Of All One That Must Be Taught And PreservedWith This In Mind, Robert Peterson, Christopher Morgan, Andreas KOstenberger, Steve Wellum, Gerald Bray, Alan Gomes, Ray Ortlund Jr Stephen Nichols, And J Nelson Jennings Have Collaborated To Develop A Theology Of Christ S Divinity Across Multiple Disciplines Combining First Rate Evangelical Scholarship With Rich Application, Their Work Examines This Central Doctrine From Contemporary, Historical, Biblical, Systematic, Apologetic, And Missional PerspectivesThis Accessible Volume The Third In The Noted Theology In Community Series Guides Readers To The Significance Of Christ S Deity Across The Old And New Testaments, In Johannine Literature, In Popular Culture And Church History, And Among Cults And World Religions With Its Keen Theological Insight And Straightforward Application, This Volume Will Give Pastors, Students, And Educated Readers A Clear And Useful Treatment Of The Deity Of ChristThe Deity of Christ

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  • Hardcover
  • 311 pages
  • The Deity of Christ
  • Christopher W. Morgan
  • English
  • 25 May 2019
  • 1581349793

10 thoughts on “The Deity of Christ

  1. says:

    We live in an American culture where it is fashionable to make Jesus everything you want Him to be Unfortunately, the Jesus of too many American s, and Christians none the less, is not the Jesus presented in the Bible If the Burger King slogan Have it Your Way were to have a Christological bent, then the slogan for the Jesus of America would be Jesus, Have Him Your Way The Deity of Christ Theology in Community Series ed by Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson is a clear call amidst th We live in an American culture where it is fashionable to make Jesus everything you want Him to be Unfortunately, the Jesus of too many American s, and Christians none the less, is not the Jesus presented in the Bible If the Burger King slogan Have it Your Way were to have a Christological bent, then the slogan for the Jesus of America would be Jesus, Have Him Your Way The Deity of Christ Theology in Community Series ed by Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson is a clear call amidst the often confusing voices claiming to present the Jesus of the Bible and history Amidst the quagmire of the everyone Jesus and in a world where Jesus has been reduced to my homey and BFF , this book brings us back to the center of Christology This book draws us to one of the most foundational attributes of the Jesus Christ the Son of the living God his deity.In the opening chapter, The Deity of Christ Today, Stephen J Nichols bounces off the work of Stephen Prothero and argues that we have gone from a creedal Jesus, to a human Jesus that is close and ended up with a Jesus that has liberated itself from Christianity and the Bible p 27 Stephen points out that there have been many attempts within our American culture to present Jesus Movies like The Passion of Christ, consumerism and our nifty slogans and even politics where Jesus is somehow on everyone s side, show us that our cultural attempts to display Jesus have left us with personal Jesuses who look farlike their makers than like the Jesus of sacred Scripture and the historical creeds p.31 So how do we save ourselves and our culture from the Jesus of our own making Nichols suggests that we need to get back to the tradition of the creeds and the tradition of Scripture We need the creeds because they have helped to solidify the teaching of Scripture pertaining to, of many things, the deity of Christ While creedal tradition can help we must ultimately rest our understanding of Christ on Scripture When we rest on Scripture we cannot help but conclude that Jesus is God.In The Deity of Christ there is much that is to be commended In his chapter, The Deity of Christ in the Synoptic Gospels, Stephen J Wellum rightly points out that it is Scripture that gives us the material from which we formulate our articulation of Jesus and not the fashionable opinions of the day Wellum states,Scripture provides not only the raw data for understanding who the historical Jesus is but it also provides the God given interpretive framework, structure, and categories by which we grasp his identity and thus construct an objectively grounded and warranted christology In this way, Scripture serves as our epistemological norm for understanding who Jesus is apart from all historical critical reconstructions of the text p 64.Wellum s no nonsense words set the foundation for the rest of the book It is Scripture and not man s culturally changing opinions that shape and inform our understanding and presentation of Jesus.Of particular notice is Stephen J Wellum s chapter entitled The Deity of Christ on the Apostolic Witness Among many things, Wellum does an excellent job explaining the christological aspects of Philippians 2 5 11 His explanation of the kenosis is spot on and even well informed readers will find it helpful.Concerning Christology within church history, Gerald Bray presents an even handed description and explanation of the churches formation and articulation of the doctrine of the deity of Christ Bray s discussion is a dose of good medicine for those who want to cast doubt on whether the early church fathers invented the deity of Christ Bray rightly points out that their debates were not hinged on questioning the deity of Christ but rather they assumed and affirmed the deity of Christ The issues debated during the decades of classical creedal formation wereabout how belief in his deity should be expressed and harmonized with monotheism then whether he was divine at all p 169 Concerning the correlation between the churches formation and development of the doctrine of the deity of Christ Wellum s words are worth quoting at length If human beings had invented the deity of Jesus, we would expect them to emphasize his miraculous deeds as the main evidence for this, and theimprobable the miracles were, the better There would have been little reason for them to have added themundane details found in the Gospels if they had not been part of Jesus claims about himself The conclusion must be that Jesus taught these things about himself, and it was for that reason that his disciples worshiped him as God For all their reflection on the person and natures of Jesus Christ, none of the fathers of the church ever believed that, in confessing the deity of Christ, he was adding anything to the teaching of Jesus himself Their aim was to explain the evidence that had been set before them in the historical events of the life, death and resurrection of the man whose claims they believed and whose teaching the followed What that explanation was is the substance of the development of the doctrine of Christ in the history of the church p 175 76.The concluding chapter by J Nelson Jennings tackles the ever timely issue of the preeminence of Christ among the religions of the world Jennings challenges the church and the missionary abroad to proclaim Christ as God in the flesh and as the only God worthy of worship Christ is not whoever each religion worships for this demolishes the necessity and imminent need of missions, not to mention the many aspects of the doctrine of Christ and salvation Rather, the relationship between Christ s deity and Christian missions consists primarily in Jesus Christ the ascended God man orchestrating, empowering, and intruding into people s lives through his followers cross intercultural witness p 267 In regards to religious pluralism, Jennings addresses its foremost contemporary proponent John Hicks Hicks contends that there are many ways in which people can find a point of contact through which they can be saved and know God not just Jesus Hicks further believes that each religions communication of truth demonstrate the many ways in which divine truth can be believed and found p 278 Jennings rightly counters Hicks by reminding us that man does not have to search in his own for his own truth formation of God and salvation The Bible clearly teaches us that God has come in the flesh for all through the incarnation of Jesus Christ John 1 I John 1 The counter claim to religious plurality is the incarnational reality that Jesus is God Overall, The Deity of Christ is an engaging, insightful and reader friendly guide through the multifaceted doctrine of the deity of Christ This is not an esoteric work but rather a book that is aimed at the laymen, pastor, Sunday school teacher and student of the Bible This book serves as both a refresher course on the deity of Christ as well as a timeless reference guide to explaining many of the great Christological passages and phrases of Scripture As the third contribution to the Theology in Community series from Crossway, The Deity of Christ is a welcome addition to the much needed area of contemporary expressions of the doctrine of Christ This book will serve the church well for years to come

  2. says:

    Four stars because the chapters on Christ s deity in the synoptic gospels, John, and Paul are excellent A star missing because the chapter on Christ in the OT is too short, the one on his deity in church history and in regards to cults are much too short, and the one on his deity in regard to world missions is nearly worthless.Why do we believe Jesus is God He is identified with God compare Deut 18 20 with Matt 7 22, or Joel 2 32 with Rom 10 13 He receives devotion due God alone Heb 1 Four stars because the chapters on Christ s deity in the synoptic gospels, John, and Paul are excellent A star missing because the chapter on Christ in the OT is too short, the one on his deity in church history and in regards to cults are much too short, and the one on his deity in regard to world missions is nearly worthless.Why do we believe Jesus is God He is identified with God compare Deut 18 20 with Matt 7 22, or Joel 2 32 with Rom 10 13 He receives devotion due God alone Heb 1 6, for instance He brings the age to come Matt 12 28 25 34, 41 He saves us in union with him compare Ex 15 2 with Titus 2 10 He performs the works of God, such as creation compare Gen 1 1 with Col 1 16 , providence compare Psalm 104 24 30 with Heb 1 3 , and judgment compare Psalm 50 6 with Acts 10 42.This is, of course, not exhaustive But it s a start Read the book for

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    Each author contributed to the belief that Jesus was in some sense divine God The total contribution is that such an idea is not easy to state clearly and accurately using the limitations of words Each view shows that the authors of the New Testament and the writings of the Old support the divinity of Jesus in different ways and in different words through different expressions This is a great book for someone who has given the identity of Jesus great thought Although it might be a little d Each author contributed to the belief that Jesus was in some sense divine God The total contribution is that such an idea is not easy to state clearly and accurately using the limitations of words Each view shows that the authors of the New Testament and the writings of the Old support the divinity of Jesus in different ways and in different words through different expressions This is a great book for someone who has given the identity of Jesus great thought Although it might be a little difficult for a beginner, one has to start someplace and this is a good place to begin One may never fully understand this concept, but through the years the picture becomes somewhat clearer I highly recommend this to pastors, teachers, students, and churchgoers I use this as a reference in my teaching and writings

  4. says:

    I really enjoyed this collection of essays on the deity of Jesus There was enough variety here to hold my interest and the essays were written in a way that was stimulating, but not overly academic I thought this book would be a great resource on the shelf of any pastor.

  5. says:

    This was an outstanding volume The chapters were universally strong, well written, and theologically robust I did have a few questions about the chapter on missions, but still overall agreed with the thrust of the argument Highly recommended.

  6. says:

    Scholarly books are not always goid reads I found this book to be both a readable book and scholarly accurate It addresses an important issue who is Jesus in a way that is applicable to today and rooted in solid historical orthodoxy.

  7. says:

    My complete review is in Themelios 36.3 Check out for my review My complete review is in Themelios 36.3 Check out for my review

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