Dec 27, 2012

KEY PASSAGES FOR THE HYPOSTATIC UNION/INCARNATION




Romans 8:3
For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,
Colossians 2:9
For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily…

John 17:5

And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

Philippians 2:5–8

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

John 1:1–3, 14, 16

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.16 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
3 key biblical NT concepts relating to the pre-existence of Christ:
-DIVINE SONSHIP
-ETERNAL LOGOS
-IMAGE OF GOD

In summarizing the hypostatic union, three facts are noted:
(1) Christ has two distinct natures: humanity and deity;
(2) there is no mixture or intermingling of the two natures;
(3) although He has two natures, Christ is one Person.


AN EXAMPLE OF EARLY CHRISTIAN (NON-NT)  CHRISTOLOGY, circa 106 AD:

“There is one Physician who is possessed both of flesh and spirit; both made and not made; God existing in flesh; true life in death; both of Mary and of God; first possible and then impossible, — even Jesus Christ our Lord.”
                                                             – Ignatius of Antioch in his letter to the Ephesians (ch.7)


OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECIES OF CHRIST
from The Moody Handbook of Theology (Moody Press, 1989), 218.

Topic


Prophecy

Passage

Christ’s
Lineage


Virgin birth
Lineage of Shem
Lineage of Abraham
Lineage of Isaac
Lineage of Jacob
Lineage of Judah
Lineage of David

Genesis 3:15
Genesis 9:26
Genesis 12:2
Genesis 17:19
Genesis 25:23; 28:13
Genesis 49:10
2 Samuel 7:12–16

Christ’s
Birth

Manner of birth
Place of birth

Isaiah 7:14
Micah 5:2













Old Testament Hints Towards the Diety of the Messiah:
        (1) Micah 5:2. This statement emphasizes that “His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.” Although Jesus was born in Bethlehem (prophesied in this verse), that wa02ls not His beginning; He has existed “from the days of eternity.”
(2) Isaiah 9:6. Christ is called the “Eternal Father.” This does not mean Christ is the Father, because they are two distinct Persons within the Trinity. It does mean that Christ also possesses the title of Father. The designation suggests both His pre-existence and eternality.

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