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Christology

Solus Christus: What the Reformers Taught and Why It Still Matters

SBJT 19.1: Christology (Complete)

Table of Contents (Spring 2015)

Editorial: Reflecting on the Greatest Person Imaginable: God the Son Incarnate

The well-known church historian, Jaroslav Pelikan, famously begins his book Jesus through the Centuries with the following observation: “Regardless of what anyone may personally think or believe about him, Jesus of Nazareth has been the dominant figure in the history of western culture for almost twenty centuries.”1 Pelikan’s observation is no overstatement on a number of…

The Communication of Properties: A Post-Reformation Divergence between Lutheran and Reformed Theologies

Introduction The church has historically believed that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully man, possessing two natures—the one divine, the other human—united in one person. The church has also historically affirmed that these two natures remain distinct in the God-man: the divine nature, characterized by omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience, eternality, and the like, remains…

The Mystery of the Incarnation: “Great is the Mystery of Godliness”

Orientation The term “incomprehensible” has changed in emphasis over the years. It has strengthened in meaning and become rougher. It now means gibberish or nonsense, and usually refers to bits of verbal communication that are impossible for various reasons to make sense of. It’s a black or white term, a term of rebuke, a put…

Concerning the Logos asarkos: Interacting with Robert W. Jenson

Abstract Robert W. Jenson has recently written a short article clarifying his argument against the doctrine of the Logos asarkos (Word without flesh). In this article I offer a critique of his remarks, showing that his reasoning has two consequences that are problematic. First, it implies that the Second Person of the Trinity incarnate has…

A Chalcedonian Argument Against Cartesian Dualism

Introduction Determinations about the constitution of human persons are notoriously difficult. Christian theologians and philosophers who investigate this issue are faced with a host of complicated biblical, theological, philosophical, historical, scientific, and practical questions. One of the most pressing of these questions concerns the precise relation between the body and the mind. Are human persons…

A Model of Jesus Christ’s Two Wills in View of Theology Proper and Anthropology

Introduction Among the many sticky questions about the Incarnation, the question of Jesus’ two wills can seem nitpicky and arcane to most Christians. The question seems to be one for the theologians, those who care to parse details that are practically irrelevant to daily life, much like debating how many angels can dance on the…

The Son and the Spirit: The Promise and Peril of Spirit Christology

Introduction In recent years, a growing number of Christian theologians have devoted considerable attention to the person and work of the Holy Spirit in relation to the person and work of the Son. That is, various forms of Spirit Christology have become commonplace on the landscape of contemporary theology. The term Spirit Christology is used…

“He Descended to the Dead”: The Burial of Christ and the Eschatological Character of the Atonement

Introduction Expositions of Christ’s atoning work tend to emphasize the crucifixion and resurrection, and rightly so. Good Friday and Easter Sunday are of paramount importance in what Jesus accomplished, as the Nicene Creed puts it, “for us and for our salvation.” And yet there is more to the atonement than the cross and the empty…

Resurrection and Priesthood: Christological Soundings from the Book of Hebrews

In orthodox Christology, the priesthood of Christ has been a regular feature of Jesus’ messianic portrait. In Reformed circles, the munus triplex goes back to before Calvin.

George Whitefield’s Doctrine of Christ

George Whitefield’s Doctrine of Christ Introduction George Whitefield (1714-1770) is generally known as a renowned preacher and one of the leading revivalists in eighteenth-century En­gland.1 However, it is a mistake to evaluate him solely on the basis of these two aspects of his career. Whitefield was also an eminent theolo­gian. While he never wrote a…

Proclaiming Christ as Lord: Colossians 1:15–20

What Would Augustine Say to Evangelicals Who Reject the Eternal Generation of the Son?

Christological Reflections in Light of Scripture’s Covenants

Jesus Christ’s Temptation

Who Is This Jesus? An Examination of the Christology of the Latter-day Saints