Delivered at the 2021 Freed-Hardeman University Scholars Day Athanasius in On the Incarnation 54.3 said, “God became man that man might become God.” God the Son assumed or took on a human nature so that humans could see and be saved by the divine nature leading to their sanctification. Gregory of Nazianzus described the … Continue reading The Necessity of the Human and Divine Natures in Christ: Christology, Soteriology, and Doxology
1 John 4 Is the incarnation important? Unfortunately, when we hear words like incarnation, we might be tempted to think that it is just a big fancy word that doesn’t mean anything to us. However, as we will see from 1 John 4, the incarnation is vital the Christian religion. What is the Incarnation? The … Continue reading AMONG US: THE IMPORTANCE OF THE INCARNATION
HEBREWS 1:1-4 Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Who is Jesus? This question is incredibly controversial and intensely personal. If you could only use one chapter to describe Jesus, I think Hebrews 1 would be a great place to turn. The book of Hebrews was written to Christians who were wandering away from Christ. In order … Continue reading WHO IS JESUS?
Photo by Wendy van Zyl on Pexels.com John Newton, who wrote “Amazing Grace,” is also famous for saying ““Although my memory's fading, I remember two things very clearly: I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.” This great quote reminds us of our sin, our Savior, and our need for sanctification. SIN … Continue reading One Thing I Know 1 John 3:4-6
Trinity? Christians worship the one God who exists as three persons. The doctrine of the Trinity is, indeed, a mystery. However, the doctrine is essential. The Scriptures describe the one God who is three persons—Father, Son, and Spirit. These three persons are distinct from each other, but the three persons are also one God. The … Continue reading Is God One or Three?
Is Jesus divine? Is Jesus true God? Can We See Jesus’ Deity During the Incarnation? It is one thing for us to believe that Jesus was a real human who lived. It is another thing altogether for us to believe that he is God and that he was true God when throughout the entirety of … Continue reading IS JESUS GOD? DOES IT MATTER?
Jesus is the Son of God, but what does that mean? When did Jesus begin to be the Son of God? When did the Father begin to be the Father? Or has the Father eternally been the Father and the Son eternally been the Son??
Jesus' sacrifice of himself on the cross is one of the richest moments of history. We could never exhaust everything that God accomplished through Christ on the cross. Herman Bavinck helps us out a bit. Bavinck gave offered a helpful list of what Christ has accomplished for his own glory: What Christ acquired by this … Continue reading What Happened When Jesus Died?
Why does the Christian religion depend on Jesus’ resurrection? How could we prove the resurrection of Jesus? Did the Old Testament give us any reason to hope for Jesus’ resurrection? In the resurrection of Jesus, the doctrines of “God’s character and purposes, creation, humanity as the covenant servant, and Christ as Lord and Servant—converge.” … Continue reading The Doctrine of the Resurrection
Photo by Public Domain Pictures on Pexels.com If you have ever worried about your self-worth, remember that God made you and that he made the universe so you could live, flourish, and see his glory so that you could love Him and know you are loved by Him. Our Creator is a personal God. Furthermore, … Continue reading He Loved Us so He Made Us