The Deity of Christ is part of a series of books titled Theological in Community edited by Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson. The purpose of this series is to assemble a team of scholars to explore key theological themes and apply them to contemporary concerns. Every volume in this series explores the Bible, history, systematic theology and practical theology.
The deity of Christ is important today because of the expansion of Islam, religious pluralism and cults. Chapter nine of this book is my opinion is the most helpful chapter in this book because it explains how the deity of Christ is under attack by cults.
The deity of Christ is important to understand because it explains that Jesus is God in the flesh (John 8:58, 1:1, 14; 10:30-33, 1 John 4:2-3). John states in 1st John 4:2-3 that anyone who acknowledges Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God.” John 1:1 plainly teaches that the Word was God and the Word became flesh. Jesus taught continually through the book of John that “I Am” which is a clear claim to the fact that He is the Son of God and the Son of Man. When Jesus said I Am the bread of life for example in John 6 and noted that only by eating of him, only through him may one come to the Father. This teaching upset the Jews because they could not get past the humanity of Christ—John 6:42, “Is not this Jesus, the Son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?”
The deity of Christ is important to understand because it includes the Trinity (One God who exists in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit who are all coeternal and of the same nature), Monotheism (that there is only one God in all existence), the hypostatic union of Christ (That Jesus is both God and man), and the sufficiency of the sacrifice of Christ. Understanding the deity of Christ is so important because the deity of Christ distinguishes biblical Christianity from Jehovah’s Witnesses, Islam, etc.
The Deity of Christ is a helpful treatment on an important topic. This book will help you think through an issue that is considered fundamental to biblical Christianity. Reading this book will help you develop a biblical worldview on the Deity of Christ and help you defend your faith. I encourage you to pick this up and be challenged and learn to defend the deity of Christ against the attacks of by Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses and more.
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Dave Jenkins is happily married to Sarah Jenkins. He is a writer, editor, and speaker living in beautiful Southern Oregon. Dave is a lover of Christ, His people, the Church, and sound theology. He serves as the Executive Director of Servants of Grace Ministries, the Executive Editor of Theology for Life Magazine, the Host and Producer of Equipping You in Grace Podcast, and is a contributor to and producer of Contending for the Word. He is the author of The Word Explored: The Problem of Biblical Illiteracy and What To Do About It (House to House, 2021) and The Word Matters: Defending Biblical Authority Against the Spirit of the Age (G3 Press, 2022). You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, or read his newsletter. Dave loves to spend time with his wife, going to movies, eating at a nice restaurant, or going out for a round of golf with a good friend. He is also a voracious reader, in particular of Reformed theology, and the Puritans. You will often find him when he’s not busy with ministry reading a pile of the latest books from a wide variety of Christian publishers. Dave received his M.A.R. and M.Div through Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.