I have added a Greek text + my slightly revised translation, and I answer the odd interpretation of Luke 1:35. Now, in my mind there is no doubt about the answer. Updated once again: more Scriptures!
Category Archives: Christ
The Lord’s Supper in Synoptic Gospels + Church Traditions
We cannot answer all the questions in this overview, but we can exegete the Lord’s Supper in its original context in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. This post also looks very briefly at 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 and 11:23-34. Then, what do various churches teach about the Lord’s Supper (or Communion or Eucharist)? I am here to learn. I updated this post with information that startled me. I also learned something new from Exodus 12:14.
When Jesus Used Harsh Language
Don’t try this at home or elsewhere, unless called of God to take down systems!
1. Two Natures in One Person: Key Terms and Concepts
Let’s learn about these key Christological points together, in the Q & A format.
2. Two Natures in One Person: He Was Human and God
Let’s place his two natures side-by-side with verses from Scripture to see who he really is.
3. Two Natures in One Person: Basic Questions and Answers
This topic is about Jesus Christ in his full personhood. Let’s use the Question and Answer format for clarity and conciseness.
4. Two Natures in One Person: Tough Questions
This post answers a series of tough questions about this vital and indispensable doctrine.
5. Two Natures in One Person: If Jesus Got Hungry, Did God?
Good question, and the answer is clear, based on one biblical truth. Other questions are included here, as well.
6. Two Natures in One Person: Definition or Creed of Chalcedon + Commentary
From the Council of Chalcedon (AD 451). English, Greek, and Latin are included; the post discusses how the definition opposes three deficient teachings about Christ and answers the objection that the fifth-century church just made it all up.
7. Two Natures in One Person: Review and Conclusion
Two natures (deity and humanity) are united in one person—the person of Jesus Christ. Let’s use the Q & A format, for clarity and conciseness.
Athanasian Creed + Commentary
I really like this creed. I add a commentary, which I hope clarifies it. We the church today ignore it at our peril, particularly the American church.
The Nicene Creed + Commentary
Centuries ago, the church debated the issue of who Christ was. In today’s church, we like to innovate so much that we become arrogant and can sometimes stomp all over the ancient creeds. But we ignore this creed at our peril.
4. Do I Really Know Jesus? He Took the Form of a Servant
What does Paul mean that Jesus “emptied himself” by taking the form of a servant and was found in the likeness of men and appearance as a man (Phil. 2:6-8)? Did some attributes get trimmed off (e.g. omniscience, omnipresence, and invisibility) to become a semi-deity, a lesser god (of sorts), or did he keep all of them? Let’s explore this doctrine further.
The Son of Man Claims God’s Authority to Forgive Sins on Earth
Mark 2:1-12 says that the Son of Man–Jesus–forgave a paralytic’s sins. Does this mean that Jesus claimed authority that only God has, thus making himself equal to God? Did he use a Hebrew word for “forgiveness” which only God can offer?
Why Didn’t Jesus Know the Day or the Hour of His Return?
Why did Jesus say that not even the Son knows the day or the hour of the Second Coming? Puzzling.
This a table of Messianic prophecies, which go a long way in building up our faith and the reliability of the Bible. It also answers the question: How does this post help me grow in God?
Who Was Melchizedek?
He seems to be a mysterious figure. Some say he was a Christophany (manifestation) of the preincarnate Christ. But who was he according to the entire Scriptures that mention him? An old-fashioned Bible study here.
The Spirit in the Life of Christ
The Spirit was given to Jesus without limit. We too can share in this anointing, but we have to follow Jesus, or else we might run out ahead of him and minister on our own.
1. Do I Really Know Jesus? His Entire Existence in One Image
His entire existence in one panoramic image.
2. Do I Really Know Jesus? He Was the Preincarnate God
Who was he before he came to earth?
3. Do I Really Know Jesus? He Was God Incarnate
What does ‘incarnation’ mean? What does emptying oneself mean? Basics in a Q & A format.
5. Do I Really Know Jesus? He Came Down from Heaven
Some say the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) are silent about this claim. But they are not, if you know where to look.
6. Do I Really Know Jesus? Why Did He Become a Man?
Was it necessary? What did it accomplish? What does it mean to you?
7. Do I Really Know Jesus? Thirty Truths about His Life
People would make Jesus in their image. But who was he really, as defined by those who knew him best or heard from those who did?
8. Do I Really Know Jesus? He Was Sinless
Can we dispense with the notion that Jesus as a simple peasant, a godly one, from Galilee, but no more than that?
9. Do I Really Know Jesus? He Died for You
Jesus came with the express purpose of preaching the good news of the kingdom, living a godly life, and dying as a sacrifice for our sins.
10. Do I Really Know Jesus? Did He Descend into Hades to Preach?
Certain denominations teach that Jesus went into hell (or the underworld) to preach to confined human souls. True?
11. Do I Really Know Jesus? He Was Resurrected from the Dead
It goes a lot deeper than just coming back from the dead. Christ is our example and leader. Here are the basics about his resurrection.
12. Do I Really Know Jesus? What Was His Resurrected Body Like?
It was a physical body, but it had a spiritual dimension. A new era had been ushered in—for us, foretelling our future state after we die.
13. Do I Really Know Jesus? His Resurrection Changes Everything
It is the central message of the New Testament. His resurrection means everything to you.
14. Do I Really Know Jesus? He Appeared to His Disciples
We Renewalists—those belonging to the worldwide, historical Renewal Movements—also believe he still appears to people today.
15. Do I Really Know Jesus? He Ascended into Heaven
Here are the basics about his ascension.
16. Do I Really Know Jesus? His Ascension Means Everything
It jump-starts our new life in Christ—we can renew our minds and hearts by thinking on it.
17. Do I Really Know Jesus? He Is Seated at Right Hand of Father
Christ sat down at the right hand of God and on his throne. Now we can be seated with him in heavenly places!
1. Titles of Jesus: Rabbi and Teacher
But was he more than that?
2. Titles of Jesus: The Prophet
It reveals his (sinless) human nature with the anointing of God coming on him.
3. Titles of Jesus: The Son of David and the Messiah
They’re both Messianic titles, but they have nuances that need to be explored.
4. Titles of Jesus: The Son of Man
This title denotes his human nature, but also his divine nature.
5. Titles of Jesus: The Lord
This title often means more than “sir’ or ‘my lord.’ It can mean the LORD in the Old Testament. A table of references in the Old Testament and New Testament is included.
6. Titles of Jesus: The Son of God
What does that title mean?
7. Titles of Jesus: The King
But he was not a king in the mold of Caesar. He was called first to conquer invisible, spiritual dark forces, and your heart by love. In the near future, the worldly kingdoms are going down in defeat, visible for all to see.
8. Titles of Jesus: The ‘I Am’
Does “I am” mean just the first person being verb as we may use it of ourselves (“I am a human”)? Or does it have reference to the Old Testament and the great ‘I AM’??
Statements of Faith: Apostles Creed and NAE
The Apostles Creed and National Association of Evangelicals are the main statements of faith for this website. Continue reading
Supplemental Statements of Faith: Two Historic Creeds
The statement of faith at the website is the Apostles Creed and the Statement of Faith of the National Association of Evangelicals. The other two historic statements commented on in this post also make up the other portions of this website’s Statement of Faith.
What a Divine Attribute Is
An attribute is also called a perfection. in some contexts. It is amazing. God can never improve or get worse. He is who he is, period.
Here is a list of the principal works referenced or used at this site. More will be added as time goes on, so please check back.