Christ the God-Man Part 3

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Third in a three part series on Christ's claims to be God and man and the difference it makes for His followers.

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Christ the God-Man Part 3

  1. 1. Christ: the God-Man A study on the divinity and humanity of Christ and the difference it makes for us as His followers.
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>The Bible attests to the fact that: </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus was God </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus was man </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background Man God
  4. 4. Tendencies Man God
  5. 5. Tendencies Man God
  6. 6. Two Natures <ul><li>United but not mingled or confounded. </li></ul><ul><li>No transfer of the attributes of one to the other. </li></ul><ul><li>One person who partakes of both attributes. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Errors <ul><li>Ebionites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Denied Jesus’ deity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Gnostics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Denied Jesus’ humanity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mater is evil, spirit is good </li></ul></ul>Man God
  8. 8. Errors <ul><li>Nestorianism </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two personalities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Apollinarianism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus did not have a human rational soul or spirit. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Eutychainism </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Human changed into divine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monophysitism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Arianism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>God’s first great “creation” </li></ul></ul></ul>G M Man God
  9. 9. Critical Thinking <ul><li>What can happen when one over emphasizes Christ’s humanity over His deity? </li></ul>Man God
  10. 10. Critical Thinking <ul><li>What can happen when one over emphasizes Christ’s deity over His humanity? </li></ul>God Man
  11. 11. Critical Reflection <ul><li>Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. </li></ul><ul><li>Philippians 2:5-8 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Critical Reflection <ul><li>What do you observe in this passage? </li></ul><ul><li>What are arguments for Christ’s deity from this passage? </li></ul><ul><li>What are arguments for Christ’s humanity from this passage? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you think this passage is talking about? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Summary <ul><li>So long as one does not deny the full and true deity and humanity of Christ and so long as one does not divide him into twopersons or describe his being as a hybrid of two natures one is permitted to speculate far and wide about his being and person. </li></ul><ul><li>Roger E. Olson, The Mosaic of Christian Belief </li></ul>
  14. 14. Summary <ul><li>This Trinitarian point of entry into our theology of the church necessarily shifts all the accents in our ecclesiology. As it leads us to see the church as the instrument of God’s mission…God’s mission is calling and sending us, the church of Jesus Christ, to be a missionary church in our own societies, in the cultures in which we find ourselves. </li></ul><ul><li>Darrell Guder, Missional Church </li></ul>
  15. 15. Questions <ul><li>How do we balance our physical and our spiritual lives? </li></ul><ul><li>What is one way we can live differently this week because of our relationship with Christ? </li></ul>

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