The Doctrine of Christ Part 3

Posted: November 27, 2008 in Uncategorized

Docetism has circulated throughout Christian circles for nearly 2000 years.  Docetisim is the heretical belief that Jesus only appeared to be truly human.  The book Ist John appears to have been written in part to counter this rising belief.

So why did Jesus have to be fully human? As Dr. Grudem points out, the Bible gives several complimentary reasons: (1) for true representative obedience (Rom. 5:18-19); (2) to be a substitute sacrifice (2 Cor. 5:21); (3) to be the one mediator between God and men (1 Tim. 2:5); (4) to fulfill God’s original purpose for man to rule over creation (Matt. 28:18; Eph. 1:22; etc.); (5) to be our example and pattern in life (1 Peter 2:21; 1 John 2:6; etc.); (6) to serve as a pattern for our redeemed bodies (Phil. 3:20-21; cf.1 Cor. 15:23, 42-44, 49, etc.); and (7) to sympathize as our high priest (Heb. 2:18; cf. 4:15-16).

Moreover, Jesus will be fully man forever.  Jesus’ resurrected body (which we are told is imperishible like the ones we will inherit (Phil. 3:20-21) is a made of flesh that ate (Luke 24:41-42) and that Thomas could touch (John 20:26-29).  Even after his ascension he is recognized by those who only knew him on earth (Acts 7:56; 9:5). 

We will not be ghosts in heaven or the new earth but have physical bodies like Jesus that can eat and feel.  Awesome.

We will begin to tackle the deity of Christ tomorrow.

Until then, have a great Thanksgiving.  Grace and peace.

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