The person of Christ – part 2

2006 Autumn Lectures

‘The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.’
John 1:14 (NIV)

The Person of Christ is a central doctrine of the Christian faith. For we do not follow an abstract philosophy nor a dead prophet – but a living, glorified, divine person to whom we are united by the Holy Spirit and through whom we are reconciled to the Father.

In these five lectures we consider the wonderful mystery of Christ’s two natures in one person; look back to the Old Testament and examine some of the ways in which Christ is revealed there; consider Christ’s present rule over all things; look to the future and consider Christ as judge; and we examine the joy of eternity with Christ in the world to come.

1. Christ in the Old Testament

By Revd Mostyn Roberts

On the road to Emmaus, our resurrected Lord explained to two disciples “…what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself” (Luke 24:27). What was Christ’s ministry prior to his incarnation? To what extent did he reveal himself to Old Testament believers? To what degree could Old Testament believers foresee Christ’s coming? How is Christ revealed in the Law and the Psalms?

2. The Two Natures of Christ

By Revd Dr Gerald Bray

We know from the Bible that Christ is both fully man (Hebrews 2:17) and fully God (John 1:1). How is Christ two natures in one person? Why is it imperative for Christ to be fully human and fully divine? What are the consequences of holding a deficient view of the two natures of Christ? How can this teaching help us in our lives? 6 Nov 2006

3. The Judgement Seat of Christ

By Revd John J Murray

The Father has appointed Christ to be judge of all the world, the living and the dead (2 Timothy 4:1). What does this teach us about the righteousness and justice of God? How should it affect our evangelism? Though the salvation of believers is secure, will they also be judged? Are there levels of reward in heaven and levels of judgment in hell? What impact should this have on our attitude to godly living?

4. The Rule of Christ

By Revd Prof Robert McCollum

The Scriptures tell us that after our Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, “…God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything…” (Ephesians 1:22). The total rule of Christ is a present-day reality but not until he returns will everyone acknowledge it (Philippians 2:10). How should the church respond to the present rule of Christ? What impact should this teaching have on the lives of Christians?

5. Eternity with Christ

By Revd Dr Eryl Davies

What does the Bible mean by ‘heaven’? And what will it be for Christian believers to dwell with Christ in the new creation (Revelation 21:3-4)? What will the new earth be like? Are there implications and challenges for our lives and stewardship here and now?