All tagged Christology

The Things Concerning Himself

In 2018, Ligonier Ministries released an updated version of their “State of Theology” survey, in which participants were asked to respond to numerous statements regarding the Bible, theology, and ethics, with the goal of uncovering the “theological temperature” of the modern evangelical landscape. Perusing the findings of the survey left me dumbfounded and startled and burdened.

The True & Better One: A Sermon from Mark 1

From the outset of Mark’s Gospel, we are told Jesus’s true identity. He is the “beloved Son” of God. The entire Gospel, in fact, is bookended with affirmative declarations of his deity (Mark 1:1, 11; 15:37–39), as if the evangelist is saying, “This is who he is, and this is what he did, this is what he has done.” Such is what forms the basis and ground of all Christian hope. The fact of the gospel as a record of human history is what steadies and stabilizes our faith. It is the incontrovertible good news that the God’s own Son has come to bring everything to completion as the Divine Solution, as the True and Better One.

The Rationale of Jesus’s Opponents

The Genevan reformer, John Calvin, is famous for (among an abundance other things) his assertion that the heart of man is “a perpetual forge of idols.” (55) This oft-quoted line from the eminent French theologian has been verified throughout the ages in mankind’s own hostile disposition towards the things of God. Man’s refusal to accept the authority of God and insistence that he is his own sovereign has led to a bevy of deceitful and corrupt ideologies and philosophies.

A Brief Meditation on God’s Spirit-Empowered Servant

The work of the third member of the Trinity has been the hinge upon which innumerable church councils and debates have revolved. The prominence and priority of the Spirit in the life of Christian is, indeed, a hotly contested subject. Throughout the Scriptures, the Spirit is commonly associated with God’s “creative power” and the “newness of life” that comes from the proclamation of God’s Word.

All Scripture Is Pure Christ: A Sermon from 2 Corinthians 1, Acts 8, Luke 24

How would you answer the question, “What is the Bible about?” What is its point? Its message? Its overarching story? There are over 30,000 verses and 66 books in the canonical Scriptures, but what are they all saying? Churchgoers ought to know what their Bible says. It only makes sense if the system of belief that defines your entire life is derived from a book that you know what that book says. Such is modern Christianity’s biggest problem: the utter lack of biblical understanding.

Jesus’s Jerusalem Odyssey

It is no exaggeration to say that the epicenter of all ancient life can be encapsulated in a literal “tale of two cities,” those being Rome and Jerusalem. Each of these metropolises held and continue to hold both immense religious and sociological significance in mankind’s history.

Brief Thoughts on Jesus’s Teaching on Money

It is my estimation that one of the unheralded misconceptions regarding Christ and his earthly ministry is his own relationship and teaching on money. The commonly accepted understanding of Jesus’s life is that he was indigent, the offspring of penniless parents who could barely afford the lowest tier of sacrificial animal at his purification.

Nicodemus & Jesus’s Newness of Life

In John’s Gospel, one can find perhaps the most oft-quoted and debated scene in all of Christendom, that being the twilight conversation between Jesus himself and Nicodemus, the Pharisee. Nicodemus solicits the Savior at dusk, certainly betraying his consternation in engaging this Galilean carpenter turned miracle worker.

Luke’s Christological Apologetic in Acts

Integral to one’s understanding the book of Acts is a working knowledge of Luke’s intent in the account of his Gospel. In the preface to his Gospel, Luke writes that he is desirous that one named Theophilus might “know the certainty of the things about which you have been instructed.” (Luke 1:3–4) The rest of the Lukan account revolves around this premise.

The Self-Description of the Savior: A Sermon from Matthew 11

If you were forced to describe yourself in one sentence, what would you say? What would you say if you could only use one word? However you would describe yourself, it is certainly very unlike how Jesus describes himself. Instead of asserting his dominance and authority through coercion and force, Christ proclaims a gospel of the kingdom that is predicated on meekness.

Sola Fide & the Quest for the Historical Jesus

The “quest for the historical Jesus” finds its beginnings as “an internal Jewish controversy.” (DJG, 719) Early divisions over Jesus’s credibility arose out of the derogation hurled at him by the religious aristocrats that he was “possessed by Beelzebul.” (Mark 3:22–27)

Son of David & Lord of All

The closing vignette in Matthew 22 contains one of the more interesting Old Testament quotations spoken by Christ himself. (Matt. 22:41–46; cf. Mark 12:35–37; Luke 20:41–44) The Pharisees and Christ’s disciples are there together as Jesus inquires of them, “What do you think about the Messiah?”