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Introduction

Christology, the study of Christ’s nature and being, is perhaps one of the most hotly debated topics in Christianity, and has on more than one occasion caused the established Christian churches to split amidst much animosity. How distant from Jesus’ prayer, that they might be one, as He and His Father are one, and from the apostle Paul’s revelation of the church of Christ being one body, with Christ as the head!

The Bible itself is not unclear when it concerns this, yet Paul describes it thus: “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.” 1 Timothy 3:16. Despite the words of the Bible, this fact, that Jesus, the Son of God, gave up his divinity and became a man in every respect is hard to grasp and hard to believe, especially if we look at the implications.

That He became fully man means that He also took upon Himself human nature, with an inclination to sin. It was in this state that He lived a life in complete victory over sin, opening a way back to God. He had emptied himself, but through this life as a human being He once again was filled with the whole fullness of the Godhead. (Philippians 3:2-5; Colossians 2:9) All those who follow Him on this way come to where He is – they can be partakers of the divine nature! (2 Peter 1:2-4) But this means living the life that He did – a life of victory over sin!

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Who is Jesus?

Why did the Son of God come to earth as a man?

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The life of Jesus – before He began His public ministry

A powerful work had been going on in Jesus long before He was 30.

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Jesus came with something completely new!

The gospel that Jesus brought was radical and liberating.

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Christ manifested in the flesh

Why was it so significant for us that Jesus was “born of the seed of David?”

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Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?

How was Jesus’ crucifixion and sacrifice different from sacrifice and forgiveness in the Old Covenant?

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