Course: Doctrine and Theology: The Teachings of Jesus
Student Number: LDI 2013/00021
Assignment 1: The Divinity of Jesus Christ
Due date: 11 March 2013
As ambassadors of Christ we live a life empowered by faith, motivated by the promises that God has bestowed upon our lives. However in this life there always seem to be things that we are facing, battles to fight and challenges to overcome. John 10:10(NIV)…”I have come that you may have life and have it to the full”, fills us with the confidence that Christ came to restore our lives and to give us “authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will harm you” (Luke 10:19). The birth of Jesus Christ was prophesied in the Old Testament (Isaiah 7:14), that Jesus Christ would be God, and in the New Testament Matthew (1:22-23) interprets this prophecy 'The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel'- which means "God with us” Matthew (1:22-23). Just like the birth of covenant that God made with the patriarchs and the nations of Israel, the birth of Jesus Christ is a great affirmation that Gods word does not go out in vain, Isaiah 55:11 (NIV) “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but it will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it”. Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus teaches us that we have a great responsibility as Christian that “as prisoners for the Lord, then we are urged to live a life worthy of the calling we have received, Ephesians 4:1 (NIV)”. Although we can never earn our salvation it does come with responsibilities. We have a calling to live up to as Christians. What we do or don’t do is a reflection on Jesus, either good or bad. It is a high privilege to be saved by grace. In order for us Christians to thrive in this world and exercise our authority we need to know how to live, how to stand apart as different and yet be able to influence our society. The purpose of my research is to shed light on why and how we should defend the divinity of Christ, focusing on the aspects that make Christ supreme and I will conclude by summarizing the findings of my research. Jesus’s authority reveals his deity
Jesus had all the attributes and power of God the Father while always acting according to the Father’s will (Bible Life Ministries: 2012). Jesus knew everything about the people, both his followers and his enemies. In his teachings Mark is very clear about the deity of Christ. In his teachings Mark shows us Jesus’s humanity through his actions; when he could read the people’s minds and foretell their thoughts and actions. He could control gravity by walking on water. He could control the wind- by calming the storm, only Jesus could heal people at a far distance of many miles and bring back the dead to life. We become beneficiaries in the authority of Christ, when we accept him as our personal Lord and savior. We are given the gift of the Holy Spirit who bears witness to Jesus Christ (John15:26). Jesus Christ came that we may have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10), emphasizes to us the abundant authority that we have inherited with Christ by faith; to speak to the storms in our lives, to be compassionate with those that are hurting, to feed the poor - this is what Jesus Christ has demonstrated. Defending Christ’ divinity is more evident when we exercise this authority in our own lives. How we conduct ourselves as Christians speaks to the wisdom of God in us; which requires of us to spend time in the word, just as Jesus used the word of God to fight the devil and his temptations. When we are faced with trials and tribulations we should to behold Jesus Christ, he also faced death and he resurrected on the third day. James 1:2-4, challenges and encourages us to consider it pure joy that we face trails of many kinds, because it is the testing...