Introduction to the Unfolding Revelation of God
Excerpt from Bible college class notes
Instructor: Earl Faylor
The Dual Nature of Christ
|- Jesus Christ was fully God but at the same time fully man
|throughout the scriptures he speaks from two different standpoints—some show his deity, some his humanity.|
Col 1:15 "He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation"
|image - that which can be seen|
I Timothy 3:16 "God was manifest in the flesh" (KJV)
|but God is invisible, man has never seen him. The invisible God indwelt Christ|
2 Cor 4:4,6 "...Christ, who is the image of God." "...the glory of God in the face of Christ."
Acts 2:36 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain
|"face" carries idea of person|
Col 2:9 "For in Him all the fulness of the Deity dwells in bodily form"
|that God has made im both Lord [Kurios] and Christ - this Jesus whom you crucified"|
kurios - refers to humanity of Jesus - "the anointed" - the lesser is anointed by the greater - God did not become man - God is unchanging and immortal - He cannot become man - would violate the attributes of God - God did not die on the cross - the man Jesus Christ died on the cross.
|"Deity" = in Grk theotes = "god-essence"
God dwelt in Christ bodily - God did not make the man God|
|Psalm 2:7 "He said to Me ‘Thou art my Son, Today I have begotten Thee’..."
|speaking of Jesus Christ prophetically - of what God would say, as it were, on the day some 1000 years hence (from David) when Jesus was born - not God speaking to a pre-existent Son - a son cannot be deity - a son has a beginning but God is eternal|
2 Cor 5:19 "...God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself"
|Greek "in" = ev [lit - "inside of" ? - Faylor didn't say this - drew a circle with a dot in the middle]|
Jesus as God
Rev. 5:8 - in John's visions, the Lamb worshipped by the saints
Matthew 4:10 - God alone is to be worshipped - would be wrong to worship Jesus if he were not God
1. Jesus is God manifest in the flesh.
2. Jesus is fully God and fully man.
3. As man, Jesus was son of God and son of Man.
4. As man, Jesus was indwelt by the fulness of God.
the Father dwelt in him John 14:10
5. As son, he is man. As God, he is the Father.
Two distinct persons involved in Jesus Christ - not two persons of God - but a person of God and a person of man.