Why the Incarnation, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ Matters

Theology for Life

As we begin the new year, let’s start out by focusing on Jesus. After all, there is no Christianity without him. Theology–what we believe about God–matters. Why? Because it shapes our life.

If we as Christians want to have the courage to stand in our post-Christian culture we need to become more theological–not less.

Now is not the time for a failure of nerve on our part. Now is the time for courage. To know what we believe and why. And then train others to do the same (2 Tim.2:2). In that spirit, let’s reflect on the Great love of God in which we now stand (see Romans 5:1-11).

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#3: What Every Christian Needs to Know About Special Revelation [Podcast]

Your Worldview Minute with Jonathan Morrow Episode 3

In this episode of Your Worldview Minute, we’ll be talking about What Every Christian Needs to Know About Special Revelation. Our culture is fascinated with what’s new—the latest and greatest.

Bombshell headlines and the latest must have gadgets fade and become outdated almost as fast as they come on the scene. We are distracted by what’s trending when our deepest need is to focus on what’s eternal.

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#2: 3 Things Every Christian Needs to Know About General Revelation [Podcast]

Your Worldview Minute with Jonathan Morrow Episode 2

Has God spoken? Why does God need to speak? What are the ways in which God speaks? Is general revelation enough? If Christianity is true then why are there so many religions? These are just few of the questions I talk about in this episode of Your Worldview Podcast.

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“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” – Rom 1:19-20

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What Does Walking By Faith Look Like?

As important as an act of faith is at a point in time, the Christian life is a walk of faith—continuing acts of obedience. Sometimes the notion of “blind faith” creeps into our understanding of walking by faith as well. Didn’t Paul say that “we live by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7)? He did, but as David Clark explains,

“this means only that at times a Christian may rightly allow faith, in the sense of trust in God, to guide his thinking even though he has no direct evidence. For instance, if I trust my friend and he says he will do something for me, I may rightly believe he will do it, even when I lack direct evidence what he will fulfill his promise. . . . Loyalty and allegiance, based partly on past experience, may rightly guide my thinking and acting.”

This same sentiment is expressed in Hebrews 11 where these courageous men and woman did not allow their circumstances to have the final word. Rather, they continued to look forward to what had been promised with hope and trust.

Faith in this context is a confident expectation in the promises and faithfulness of God. This is what it means for the righteous to live by faith (Rom. 1:17). We trust God even in the midst of difficult times because He is faithful. We trust Him even when the fog of life rolls in making it difficult to see the way forward. This is the kind of faith God is pleased with (Heb. 11:6).

God give us the courage to trust you in the midst of what we don’t understand. Thank you for your past faithfulness that we can lean into in the every day circumstances of life.

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How Early Was Jesus Being Worshiped As God?

Did Christianity invent the idea that Jesus is God? Or does the idea that Jesus is God go all the way back to the beginning of Christianity?

To answer this question we need to focus our attention on the question of how early Jesus was being worshiped as God.

Paul’s letter to the Philippians (which critical scholars accept as authentic) affirms that Jesus was being worshiped as God within twenty-five years of his public crucifixion.

Jesus_GodWe can see that belief in action within early Christian singing (hymns) as they would gather (the most famous is Philippians 2:5-11). But it also can be found in early Christian doctrinal summaries that were recited in public worship, memorized, and passed down. The earliest written form of one of these summaries occurs in the apostle Paul’s words to the Corinthians (c.a. AD 53):

Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”—yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. (1 Corinthians 8:4–6, italics added)

Paul has done something unthinkable; he has taken the Shema of Deuteronomy 6:4—the most sacred Jewish expression of exclusive allegiance to the one God—and included Jesus “in the unique divine identity.” The belief that Jesus was God was very early, and the most natural explanation for this core belief was that he had been in fact raised from the dead.

And to show how public the worship of Jesus had become in earliest Christianity, see the comments of the Roman governor, Pliny the younger, as he wrestles with what to do about the Christians:

They [the Christians] were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verses a hymn to Christ, as to a god, and bound themselves by a solemn oath, not to any wicked deeds, but never to commit any fraud, theft or adultery, never to falsify their word.

In his magisterial (and massive!) work, Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest Christianity, Larry Hurtado directly challenges Bart Ehrman’s claim that exalted beliefs, proclamation, and even worship of Jesus emerged gradually over time:

Devotion to Jesus as divine erupted suddenly and quickly, not gradually and late, among first-century followers. More specifically, the origins lie in Jewish Christian circles of the earliest years. Only a certain wishful thinking continues to attribute the reverence of Jesus as divine decisively to the influence of pagan religion and the influx of Gentile converts, characterizing it as developing late and incrementally.

A careful look at the earliest and best eyewitness sources establishes what the earliest Christians believed about Jesus. They believed he was God in the same sense that YHWH was God.

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