Word of the Week: Christology

As we finish out one year and move into 2021, I got to thinking about how I could best use this platform of writing. Blogging is ideal for inspiration, encouragement, and information. So in 2021, you can look for Wednesday’s word of the week. In this weekly post, my aim is to define and inform you about a specific termnwhich will generally come from theology, apologetics, philosophy, or history. I’ll share a brief definition as well as some short insights into how the term influences our daily lives.

We’ll start with Christology. Christology is the study of Christ. In systematic theology it is the doctrine and implications concerning Christ that can be found in the pages of Scripture.

After all, Jesus is the central figure in the Bible. On the Emmaus Road, Jesus walked and talked with two of his followers after the Resurrection. They didn’t know it was him. After some confusion regarding why Jesus had to die, Jesus taught them that the Bible is all about him.

And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

Luke 24:27

Christology matters. Here are a few ways that the doctrine of Christ impacts your life:

  • Because Jesus is the focus of all the Scripture, we can read the Bible looking for clues about who Jesus is and what Jesus did (Luke 24:27).
  • Because Jesus is fully God and fully man, he is sufficient to be our substitute on the cross and provide us salvation (2 Corinthians 5:21).
  • Because Jesus is God in human flesh, to know Jesus is to know God (Colossians 2:15-20; 1 John 1:1-3).
  • Because Jesus rose from the dead and is a living Savior, not a dead founder of a religion, Christianity is unique among world religions (1 Corinthians 15).
  • Because Jesus has always been and yet took on human flesh, we can know him (John 1:1-14)

Would you take some time today to think about Jesus? If you’d like to know more, consider reading some of the passages listed above. More than anything, be amazed that Jesus (fully God and fully man, who died on a cross and rose from the dead, and who reigns in heaven, and is so much more) wants you to know him. Jesus wants to be in a personal relationship with you!

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