Friday, February 1, 2013

1 John 4:2-4

Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

What do you believe about Jesus? I mean, what does your theology of Jesus look like? If I were to ask you to describe Jesus to me, what would be your description? Here in 1 John 4:2, John says that your Christology (the study of Jesus) is extremely vital to your eternal position. Theology is not just for the old guys in seminaries. Theology is for anyone who truly would be a follower of Jesus. Let me just bullet point a couple things about Jesus that John would have known:
Jesus is Divine: Jesus was not just sent from God as a prophet, He was God in the flesh. He was Deity. Jesus was not just a created being as purported by the Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses, He literally came from heaven. John tells in his gospel that Jesus “became flesh and dwelt among us.” John writes in 1 John 1 that Jesus was here and John’s “eyes have looked on him,” and his “hands have handled him.” Jesus is of Divine blood. He came from heaven and wrapped himself in a robe of human flesh, and sought to set things right between God and men.
Jesus is Christ: For centuries, the Jewish fathers watched and waited for the Messiah that would come and fix what Adam had broken through faithless disobedience in the garden. Sadly, they were so jaded in their perspective that when He showed up from heaven, they couldn’t believe it. The darkness of the human heart was spotlighted in the moment that they ruthlessly murdered Him. The purposes of an omnipotent God will never be undone. Quite the opposite, all attempts at undoing the works of God will only always jettison those purposes further down their paths of accomplishment. In killing Jesus, the disbelieving Jews became the executers of the gospel for mankind. The blood that dripped from their fingertips flowed to save them. Jesus, the Divine, had come to take the guilt and shame away from mankind and restore the broken hearts. The sin sick could now find health in Jesus. He was truly the Christ.
Christology matters. He didn’t just show up and tell a few stories. He showed up to change hearts and usher in a new era that would echo with hope and joy. Now with John worship the Divine Christ Jesus.
Food For Thought: Christology matters. What do you believe about Jesus, what texts of Scripture would use to prove that?