Christology 9 (Transfiguration and Ascension)

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

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Christology 9 (Transfiguration and Ascension)

  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. Significant Events in the Life of Christ and their theological importance
  5. 6. <ul><li>Last week . . . </li></ul><ul><li>The Baptism and the Temptation </li></ul><ul><li>Tonight . . . </li></ul><ul><li>The Transfiguration and the Ascension </li></ul>
  6. 7. The Transfiguration <ul><li>This is recorded in the synoptic gospels. </li></ul><ul><li>What are the synoptics? </li></ul><ul><li>“ seeing together” (Matthew, Mark, Luke) </li></ul><ul><li>(Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-13; Luke 9:28-36), with an additional reference in 2 Peter 1:16-18. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Drawing from Matthew 17:1-8, theological significance includes: <ul><li>The disciples receive a foretaste of His future coming and kingdom. </li></ul><ul><li>A revelation of the glory (deity) of the Son of God. </li></ul><ul><li>A confirmation of Peter’s confession in 16:13-20. </li></ul><ul><li>Encouragement in light of His passion prediction (16:21-23) and the task to which the disciples are called (16:24-28). </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>A declaration of the Son’s unique revelation from the Father of the world, and His superiority to and fulfillment of the Law (Moses) and the Prophets (Elijah). </li></ul><ul><li>A reaffirmation of the Father’s love for and approval of the Son as He prepares to go to the cross. </li></ul>
  9. 10. Time for a breather . . . <ul><li>A theological quandary: </li></ul><ul><li>Do dogs go to heaven when they die? </li></ul>
  10. 12. The Ascension <ul><li>This climactic ending to our Lord’s earthly ministry is recorded only by Luke in his two volumes (Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:9-11). </li></ul><ul><li>Paul Enns notes four significant facts about the ascension . . . . </li></ul>
  11. 13. <ul><li>It ended the earthly ministry of Christ. It marked the end of the period of self-limitation during the days of His sojourn on earth. </li></ul><ul><li>It ended the period of His humiliation . His glory was no longer veiled following the ascension (John 17:5; Acts 9:3,5). </li></ul>
  12. 14. <ul><li>It marks the first entrance of resurrected humanity into heaven and the beginning of a new work in heaven (Heb. 4:14-16; 6:20). A representative of the human race in a resurrected, glorified body is the Christian’s intercessor. </li></ul><ul><li>It made the descent of the Holy Spirit possible (John 16:7). It was necessary for Christ to ascend to heaven in order that He could send the Holy Spirit. </li></ul>
  13. 15. There’s Something About That Name <ul><li>Jesus, Jesus, Jesus; </li></ul><ul><li>There’s Just something about that name! </li></ul><ul><li>Master, Savior, Jesus, </li></ul><ul><li>Like the fragrance after the rain; </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, </li></ul><ul><li>Let all heaven and earth proclaim: </li></ul><ul><li>Kings and Kingdoms will all pass away, </li></ul><ul><li>But there’s something about that name! </li></ul>

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