Teaching Notes: On Jesus Christ

In our last Teaching Notes, we looked at the Bible’s teaching about the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. God the Father is often referred to as the First Person of the Trinity, yet the New Testament is quite clear that God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are Co-Equal with God the Father.

We turn now to the Second Person of the Trinity in this continuing series of Teaching Notes from the 1970’s.

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Romans – The Gospel of God (Part 17)

SAMSUNG” … concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh …” Romans 1:3

The Apostle Paul had the ability to say so much with so few words. Jesus is God the Son, Messiah, Lord God, and Seed of David according to the flesh. The Apostle John also had that ability:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us …” John 1:1, 14

I was an atheist before becoming a Christian, so I didn’t believe that Jesus was God or man. I thought he was just a myth or legend. However, because of the answers I received to a multitude of questions about the historicity of Jesus, I came to see that He was a man who claimed to be God even before I “believed” He was God and man. If an enquiring atheist can see that Jesus was a real flesh and blood man who claimed to be God, why can’t people who believe in God and the Bible see that?

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Romans – The Gospel of God (Part 15)

SAMSUNG“Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” Romans 1:1-4

Paul, like other Christian Apostles, makes a strong case for Christ’s eternal position as the Son of God. Paul appealed to Christ’s birth, death and resurrection. Those who claim that Paul never spoke or wrote about the Virgin Birth of Christ apparently missed this verse in Romans 1 where he declares that Jesus Christ was “born of the seed of David according to the flesh.” In his second letter to Timothy, Paul repeated his affirmation of the Virgin Birth – “Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel.” (2 Timothy 2:8) It’s important to note that in both Romans and 2 Timothy, Paul connected Christ’s birth to His resurrection. Both of these truths are at the core of Christianity.

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Romans – The Gospel of God (Part 11)

SAMSUNG“Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 1:1-3

God has made many promises to people through the centuries, most of them through His spokespeople (prophets). God’s promises were often in the form of future blessings. He promised blessings to Noah and his descendants – “So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” (Genesis 9:1) He promised blessings to Abraham and his descendants – “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:2-3)

So, what does this have to do with Jesus? Everything! All spiritual blessings flow through Jesus. That’s what the prophets foretold.

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The Secret of Christmas (Part 1)

Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus

It’s almost Christmas. People are running around trying to find just the perfect gift for friends and family. The alcohol flows from one party to another. The stress grows as each person tries vainly to fulfill their desires for the “happiest” time of the year. The goal is ever elusive.

Is this what Christmas is really all about? Why do we do this to ourselves? Is there something more? Something better? Something we’re missing?

The answer is a resounding YES! There is something more; something much better. There’s a secret about the holiday that can make every day the “happiest” time of the year.

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The Blessings of Christmas

Being a Christian has so many wonderful blessings attached to it. In fact, the Apostle Paul tells us that we are blessed “with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). These blessings began when God chose us in Christ “before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:4-6)

Here are some thoughts about the blessing of Christmas I wrote more than 30 years ago.

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Romans – The Gospel of God (Part 5)

SAMSUNG“Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God.” Romans 1:1

During His earthly ministry, the Lord Jesus chose 12 men to be His apostles. He told them they would one day sit on 12 thrones and judge the 12 Tribes of Israel (Matthew 19:28; Luke 22:30). After the death of Judas Iscariot the Holy Spirit led the remaining 11 Apostles to choose someone to replace Judas as the 12th Apostle. That person had to have accompanied the apostles “all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.” (Acts 1:21-22) The Apostles chose Matthias. How many other men were chosen to become Apostles according to the requirements the Holy Spirit gave them? None. Look through the Book of Acts and the letters of those men who were Apostles of Christ “beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us” and you will not find one new Apostle added to the 12. Not one. That’s because 12 is the number God chose for the Tribes of Israel and 12 is the number of Apostles Jesus chose to sit on the thrones to judge the 12 Tribes. The number did not and will not change. Ever. Period. Continue reading “Romans – The Gospel of God (Part 5)”