Christology 8 (Baptism and Temptation)

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Bible Basics, Christology 2, Todd Linn, First Baptist Church Henderson KY

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Christology 8 (Baptism and Temptation)

  1. 2. BIBLE BASICS <ul><li>(A Study in Systematic Theology) </li></ul>
  2. 3. CHRISTOLOGY <ul><li>(The Study of Jesus Christ) </li></ul>
  3. 4. CHRISTOLOGY (The Study of Jesus Christ) His Person (The ontological dimension) (Who He is ) His Work (The functional dimension) (What He does )
  4. 5. (Two Natures / One Personality) The Person of Christ Full Deity Full Humanity
  5. 6. Hypostatic Union (Two natures / one person) <ul><li>Q: How much of Jesus Christ is God ? </li></ul><ul><li>A: 100% </li></ul><ul><li>Q: How much of Jesus Christ is man ? </li></ul><ul><li>A: 100% </li></ul>
  6. 7. The Work of Christ Sinless Life Vicarious Death (substitutionary) Bodily Resurrection
  7. 8. Significant Events in the Life of Christ and their theological importance
  8. 9. <ul><li>Tonight . . . </li></ul><ul><li>The Baptism and the Temptation </li></ul><ul><li>Next week . . . </li></ul><ul><li>The Transfiguration and the Ascension </li></ul>
  9. 10. The Baptism <ul><li>This event is recorded in all three synoptics (Matthew, Mark, Luke) and is alluded to in John. Taking Matthew’s gospel (Matt. 3:13-17), a number of theological purposes can be gleaned from this historic moment in the life of our Savior . . . </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Inauguration of Christ’s pubic ministry (13-14) </li></ul><ul><li>Submission of His life to the Father (15) </li></ul><ul><li>Identification of Himself with sinful men (15-17) </li></ul><ul><li>Adoration of the Father (17) </li></ul><ul><li>Sanctification of the Spirit (16) </li></ul><ul><li>Revelation of the Triune God (16-17) </li></ul><ul><li>Illustration and Definition of His Messianic Mission (17) </li></ul>
  11. 12. Psalm 2:7 <ul><li>“ I will declare the decree: the LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.’” </li></ul>
  12. 13. Isaiah 42:1 <ul><li>“ Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.” </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>It is no accident that the Spirit who has anointed Christ immediately leads (Mark has “drives”) Him into the wilderness to be tempted. </li></ul><ul><li>His willingness to be this kind of Messiah is to be immediately put to the test. </li></ul><ul><li>The Baptism sets the stage for the wilderness temptation. </li></ul>
  14. 15. The Temptation <ul><li>This encounter is recorded in the synoptics, with Matthew giving it the most extensive account (Matt.4:1-11). </li></ul><ul><li>The comments of Ralph Earle in the NIV Study Bible are helpful at this point . . . </li></ul>
  15. 16. But wait! <ul><li>Back by popular demand . . . </li></ul><ul><li>A “Far-Side” Diversion . . . </li></ul>
  16. 18. Now, back to Ralph Earle’s comments about the Temptation . . .
  17. 19. <ul><li>“This testing of Jesus (the Greek verb translated ‘tempted’ can also be rendered ‘tested’), which was divinely intended, has as its primary background Deut.8:1-5, from which Jesus quotes in His first reply to the devil (see verse 4). </li></ul><ul><li>There Moses recalls how the Lord led the Israelites in the desert 40 years ‘to humble you and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.’ </li></ul>
  18. 20. <ul><li>“Here at the beginning of His ministry Jesus is subjected to a similar test and shows Himself to be the true Israelite who lives ‘on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.’ </li></ul><ul><li>And whereas Adam and Eve failed the great test and plunged the whole race into sin (Gen.3), and whereas Israel failed in the wilderness, Jesus was faithful and thus demonstrated His qualification to become the Savior of all who receive Him.” </li></ul>
  19. 21. Question : What resource did Jesus use every single time He was tempted by Satan? <ul><li>He quoted the Scriptures </li></ul><ul><li>(He used the same resource that is available to us) </li></ul><ul><li>How’s your daily Bible reading coming along? </li></ul>

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