Monday, April 7, 2008

Jesus Christ: The Son of God

I have been blessed for the past three weeks to teach our mid-week Bible Study at River of Life. The title of the three-part lesson I have been teaching is "Jesus Christ: The Son of God". As the name implies, the subject of the lesson is the Oneness Pentecostal Christology of the Sonship.

Several of the church members asked for my notes from these studies, so I am posting them here (link provided, below).

Some of the major themes of the study include:

  • Jesus is the “Son of God” in a unique way.
    • Jesus is the “only begotten” Son of God (John 3:16).
    • The “Son” is “the image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:13-15).
    • The “Son” is “the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person” (Heb. 1:2-3).
  • The Dual Nature of Christ
    • Complete humanity
    • Complete divinity
    • Inseparable union of humanity and divinity
  • “Son of God” in Biblical Usage
    • Referring to the Incarnation
    • Prophetically or Messianically
  • The purposes for the Incarnation provides insight into the nature and identity of Jesus.
    • God’s plan could only be fulfilled by manifesting Himself in flesh.
    • The Bible calls this manifestation of deity in humanity “the Son of God.”
  • Keys to understanding passages regarding “the Son” (the identity of Jesus):
    • Refers to the manifestation of God in humanity.
    • Refers to the humanity of Christ in some way.
    • Refers to God’s relationship to mankind.
    • Must be clear in the context of the verse.
    • Must corroborate with the whole of Scripture.
    • What are the other options? All other views have the same challenge to reconcile with Scripture.
It must be noted that many of the points of this study were inspired by the writings of D.K. Bernard in his classic work The Oneness of God.

Reference: Bernard, D. K. (1983). The Oneness of God. Hazelwood, MO: Word Aflame Press.

Download my notes from the three-part study of "Jesus Christ: The Son of God."

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