The Doctrine of Christ Part One

Posted: November 25, 2008 in Uncategorized

Okay, back to Dr. Grudem’s Systematic Theology and tonight we begin to work through the Doctrine of Christ.

Grudem writes, “Jesus Christ was fully God and fully man in one person, and will be so forever.”  Now, the humanity of Christ is a hot topic especially since Rob Bell questioned the necessity of the virgin birth in his first book Velvet Elvis

So, did Mary truly have to be a virgin when she gave birth to Jesus? After all, God created sex and knits every baby together in their mother’s womb, so what’s the big deal?

Professor Grudem points to three reasons for the virgin birth.  (1) Salvation is from the Lord not from human effort; (2) “the virgin birth made possible the uniting of full deity and full humanity in one person”; and (3) “the virgin birth also makes possible Christ’s true humanity without inherited sin.” 

I think that the first point is Grudem’s strongest and the last is his weakest.  The first is strong enough that it needs no elaboration, so let’s look at the second. 

How is it that Jesus does not inherit Mary’s sinfulness? The Roman Catholic answer is that Mary is a perpetual virgin but that locates sin solely within the parameters of sex, which was created by God.  In the end, the stronger argument is that inherited sin follows from Adam and not from Eve; confusing but Biblical.

So, how human was Jesus and what does that have to do with our daily lives? More on that later.

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