The Long Walk to Humanity

Bethel pm round table
Title: The Long walk to humanity
Theme: Doctrine
Topic: Jesus/ Incarnation
Text: Is. 9:6
Big Idea: Balanced theology means a balanced view of Jesus.

So far we have begun this building project by laying a good, solid foundation on which to construct our understanding of these truths that matter most. We are at work building both the structure of our understanding and the skill set necessary to fully enjoy its amenities. We entered this process with an examination of the Doctrine of The Bible, the value of the Scriptures as they impact our life’s work and activity, and a thorough understanding of God; why we should know Him and why we would want to love Him.

Jesus as the Incarnate of God: Is. 9:6
God wastes little time in affirming both the Deity of His and His humanity. In Is. 9:6, we read a verse that helps to understand the balance between deity and humanity.
A Son is given
And a Child is given to us
And then, the Apostle Paul: Romans 1:3-4

The value of example… Look no further than in the gospels:
John 2:1-11: Wedding
Matt. 8:23-27: water
John 19: Crucifixion

Challenges to the truth came early in he church’s history
Arianism: Jesus is not God
Gnosticism: Jesus cannot be human
Docetism: incarnation of Jesus only in appearance because who is Holy cannot unite with evil. Man is evil. (dokeo= to appear)

Challenges rebutted early
John the Apostle:
I John 1:1-3/ note the senses
I John 4:2-3

The church’s creeds:
Chalcedon (AD 451)
Jesus Christ is truly God and truly man, of reasonable (rational) soul and body; coessential with the Father according to the godhead, coessential with us, according to the manhood ; in all things like unto us without sin; begotten before all ages of the Father, according to the godhead, and in these latter days, for us and for our salvation, born of the virgin Mary,the mother of God, according to the manhood; one and the same Christ; Son, Lord, Only-begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures inconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably; the distinction of natures being by no means taken away by the union, but rather the property of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person and one substance, not parted or divided into two persons, but one and the Same Son, Only-begotten God,The Word, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Hanging Flesh on Jesus, The eternal Son
Trans: out of the Ivory Palaces… Into a world of Woe:

And then came Jesus…Luke 2:1-8
Jim Bishop: Pg. 125
Into a world of woe! Pg. 127
To take what appears insignificant and make it Strong:
I Cor. 1:27

True story: pg 131
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