Dec

22

2011

Justin Taylor|12:00 am CT

God in a Manger

David Mathis’s three part series is a great refresher course on Christology (the doctrine of Christ). He writes:

Advent is my yearly reminder to brush up on Christology, the doctrine of the person of Christ. I’ve found it helpful to approach the subject under three headings: Jesus as Lord (fully divine), Jesus as Savior (fully human), and Jesus as Treasure (one person).

God in a Manger, Part 1: Jesus Is Lord

In this Christological triad (Lord-Savior-Treasure), Jesus’ Lordship is tied to his divinity. He is rightly called Yahweh, the name surpassingly more excellent than the angels (Hebrews 1:4), the name above every name (Philippians 2:9). Here’s the connection between Lordship and the divine name.

God in a Manger, Part 2: Jesus Is Savior

Not only did he remain fully divine when he took humanity to himself, but the humanity that he took was full humanity. And so Jesus has a fully human body, emotions, mind, and will — and this in no way compromises his deity.

God in a Manger, Part 3: Jesus Is Treasure

God was glorious long before he became man in Jesus. But we are human, and unincarnate deity doesn’t connect with us in the same way as the God who became human. The conception of a god who never became man will not satisfy the human soul like the God who did.

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