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Uploaded Video for My Kirkland Students — Part 2 Christology

Friends: Due to the Coronavirus I am not allowed to meet face-to-face with my Kirkland cohort (many are lifers) for the next few weeks. I’m providing a couple of videos for them to watch. And you might like what I’ve done! The second video is about 15 minutes long. Let me know what you think! Dr. D.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2020 in beliefs

 

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Uploaded Video on Christology for Kirkland Students – Part 1

Friends:

Due to the Coronavirus I am not allowed to meet face-to-face with my Kirkland cohort (many are lifers) for the next few weeks. I’m providing a couple of videos for them to watch. And you might like what I’ve done! The first video is only 11 minutes long. Let me know what you think! Dr. D.

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2020 in beliefs

 

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“You REALLY Believe in HELL?! But WHY?” (Ten Reasons) (Reason 7) The Doctrine of CHRIST

Why in the world would someone believe in hell? And what exactly does it mean to “believe” in hell? These are a couple of the questions we want to answer in this ten-part series of posts. We’ve looked at REASON #1 — I got saved out of a fear of hell. We’ve also thought about REASON #2 – Hell makes sense. We’ve also considered REASON #3 — How does the doctrine of hell relate to the doctrine of God? We also touched on REASON #4 – How does the doctrine of eternal lostness relate to the doctrine of Man? We’ve also thought about REASON #5 – How does hell relate to the doctrine of Sin? We’ve also thought about REASON #6  — How does the doctrine of eternal hell relate to the doctrine of SALVATION (Soteriology)?

Let’s think about REASON #7 – How does the doctrine of hell relate to CHRISTOLOGY (the Person and work of the Lord Jesus)?

What does the doctrine of eternal lostness have to do with the Person of the Lord Jesus? The real question here is: What did HE teach? If He was indeed God the Son, then whatever He taught, we had better believe!

Here’s a challenge for you, my reader. Take a Bible you’re not afraid to mark up (preferably one of your own), and read through the Gospel of Matthew. Underline every reference to hell from the Lord Jesus. Here is what I found when I did this study:

The truth is that Jesus either misunderstood the eternal destiny of lost people (which would contradict His divinity) or He purposely warned people of a hell that doesn’t exist (which would compromise His truthfulness. When the Unitarian minister Theodore Parker once remarked: “I believe that Jesus Christ taught eternal punishment — I do not accept it on his authority!”, he was choosing to disagree with the very Son of God. (to be continued)

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2020 in hell

 

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Some Thoughts on the Book “What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?” (Post #12): Chapter 11- “Jesus’ Identity”

We are reviewing this book by the United Methodist minister Martin Thielen entitled What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian? He has pointed out a number of areas where he rejects such doctrines as the sovereignty of God, the accuracy of the Bible, the exclusivity of Jesus as the only way to God, and the reality of eternal suffering for those who die without the Lord Jesus.

We now move to the second section of his book entitled “Ten Things Christians Do Need to Believe.” And he begins with the person of Christ. Sadly, he starts the chapter with a blasphemous story from the movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby in which the main character says grace and refers to Jesus as “dear Baby God” and “Dear Lord Baby Jesus.” He gives this illustration to point out that there are a variety of views of Jesus — which there are.

In this chapter Thielen affirms the Messiahship and the deity of the Lord Jesus. He says that “Jesus is worthy of our highest praise and ultimate loyalty” (71). He tells how as a teenager he affirmed his faith in Jesus Christ and was baptized the next Sunday. “It’s the most important thing I’ve ever done — or ever will do — in my entire life.” He then says, “My faith in Jesus Christ is the most important part of my life.”

MY RESPONSE: I am glad for Thielen’s testimony. The Bible teaches that conversion involves both repentance and faith in Christ, so I believe that when he says as a teenager that he knew “that I desperately needed him in my life,” this sounds like repentance to me. From what I can see in this chapter Thielen is a brother in Christ (with a number of theological issues). He affirms that the Person of Christ is “the heart of Christianity.” A couple of questions occur to me:

1. If Jesus is the heart of Christianity, then why does he quote people like Marcus Borg who clearly rejects the deity of Christ?
2. If his relationship with Jesus is the most important thing in his life, then why does God’s Word (the Bible) not function as his final authority for his other beliefs?

I’m sure I’ll have a lot more questions as we continue our review. But I am glad that he appears to be a brother in Christ. And yet, sometimes those who profess to be in the family of God produce the most dangerous beliefs about God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 23, 2019 in Jesus Christ

 

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The Theology of Jesus: Part 7 Christology

Continuing our little experiment, we are asking how the teachings of the Lord Jesus fit into the ten categories of systematic theology.  Some might think this is a strange study, but the divisions of systematic theology (the doctrine of God, the doctrine of sin, the doctrine of the church, etc.) are meant in their simplest form to logically gather the data of Scripture so these areas can be understood and applied.

We are not suggesting that the writings of the Apostles or the canonical books of the Old Testament are unimportant or somehow less inspired.  Not at all. We’re just seeing how the truths taught by the Lord Jesus “fit” into these logical categories.

So far we’ve looked at introductory matters (prolegomena), bibliology, theology proper, anthropology, hamartiology, and soteriology.  Technically, we should have looked at Christology as our fourth category, but we will do that this morning.

To ask, what did Jesus teach about Himself is a fascinating study!  He spoke often about Himself.  But frequently He deferred to the Father when He made statements such as the following:

“Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (Jn. 5:19).

“By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.” (Jn. 5:30).

“So Jesus said, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.'” (Jn. 8:28)

But what claims did the Son of God make about Himself?  We read passages like the following —

“Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son . . .” (Jn. 5:22)

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” (Mk. 8:29)

Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.” (Jn. 4:26)

“But he continued, ‘You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.'” (Jn. 8:23)

“I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.” (Jn. 8:24)

The Lord Jesus knew that He was the Messiah.  He taught that He had come to do the Father’s will — which was to give His life a ransom for sinners.  He declared that, although He did not come to judge (but to save) the world (Jn. 12:47), He taught that He would be the Judge of the world! (Jn. 5:27)

Someone has said, “Eternity is an awfully long time to be wrong about Jesus!”  I agree.  His self-declarations (notice His “I am” statements in the fourth gospel) might embarrass some fringe Christians who are enamored with a pluralistic approach to religion (what does such a person do with His statement “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father but by me”, Jn. 14:6?).

The church historian Philip Schaff said it best when he wrote: “Is such an intellect — clear as the sky, bracing as the mountain air, sharp and penetrating as a sword, thoroughly healthy and vigorous, always ready and always self-possessed — liable to a radical and most serious delusion concerning his own character and mission? Preposterous imagination!”

Study the seven “I am” statements of the Lord Jesus found in the gospel of John.  What seems to be the primary point of each one?  Feel free to write a comment below on what you discovered about the Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2018 in the theology of Jesus

 

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The Most Interesting Man in the Universe! Part 5 (of 5)

Jonathan Goldsmith, a 73-year-old actor who stars in these beer Screenshot 2016-01-01 06.43.06commercials, plays the role of “the most interesting man in the world.”  His qualities are highlighted by the narrator and include, I think, some very humorous lines.  Here are a few of my favorite in this last post on this topic:

1.    Mosquitoes refuse to bite him purely out of respect.
2.    He is fluent in all languages, including three that he only speaks.
3.    When he goes to Spain, he chases the bulls.
4.    When in Rome, they do as HE does.
5.    Presidents take his birthday off.
6.    The police often question him, just because they find him interesting.

[Dos Equis has just announced that it is retiring its “Most Interesting Man in the World” ad campaign and can be read about here.]

These statements about this fictional character challenge me to ask a critical question: How is Jesus different?  Or one could put it as a statement —

Why JESUS is the most interesting man in the UNIVERSE:

Screenshot 2016-01-01 07.43.531. Jesus is the very wisdom, the very LOGOS, of God!

2.  He can hear — and understand — prayers in every language of the universe.  And do something about what He hears!

3.  One day, Jesus will return and reverse all the effects of this universe’s fallenness — and the lion will lie down with the lamb (without eating it!).

4. When He comes back for His people, He will finally wrap up history, righting all wrongs and judging the whole world with perfect justice!

IF Jesus is the most interesting man in the entire universe, the question we must answer is:  Am I studying what the Bible says about Him — and longing to become more like Him?

STAY FASCINATED WITH YOUR SAVIOR, MY FRIENDS!

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2016 in Jesus Christ

 

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The Most Interesting Man in the Universe! Part 3

I do not make it a habit of watching beer commercials, but when I do — it’s Dos Equis!  (an inside joke).  These commercials I find fascinating as they recount amazing facts about a fictional character — the Most Interesting Man in the World (who drinks this particular beer)!

Here are a few more of my favorites about this man:Screenshot 2015-12-28 07.42.38

1.  His feet don’t get blisters, but his shoes do.
2.  He once went to the psychic, to warn her.
3.  He has never waited 15 minutes after finishing a meal before returning to the pool.
4.  When a tree falls in a forest and no one is there, he hears it.
5.  He once got pulled over for speeding, and the cop got the ticket.
6.  Sharks have a week dedicated to him.
7.  He lives vicariously through himself.

[We will look at a few more of these reasons in our subsequent posts, including some true details about the actor playing “the most interesting man in the world.”]

But isn’t the most interesting man in the world, in the UNIVERSE, the Lord Jesus Christ?  Here are a few reasons why that is the case:

Why JESUS is the most interesting man in the UNIVERSE:

1. He got blisters as He walked the earth He created, for He became a true man without ceasing to be the Second Person of the Trinity!Screenshot 2015-12-30 06.44.22

2.  He had no need for any human to warn Him of any future event — for He knew the future before it happened.

3.  To prove his genuine humanity after His resurrection, Jesus actually ate food in front of His startled disciples and invited them to touch Him!

4.  He created the very tree that was used to fashion a cross upon which He was crucified for us.

5.  No one could ever prove Him guilty of any sin!

6.  He died vicariously (as a substitute) for sinners.  He did not need to die for His own sins.  But He came to pay the sin debt that you and I owed!

STAY GRATEFUL FOR JESUS, MY FRIENDS!

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2016 in Jesus Christ

 

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The Most Interesting Man in the Universe! Part 2

I find the beer commercials featuring the ruggedly handsome, Screenshot 2015-12-28 07.42.38bearded spokesman described as “The Most Interesting Man in the World” quite, uh, interesting.  Some of my favorite lines used about this man are the following:

1. Whatever side of the tracks he’s currently on is the right side, even if he crosses the tracks he’ll still be on the right side.

2. He never says something tastes like chicken.. not even chicken.

3. Superman has pajamas with his logo.

4. The circus ran away to join him.

5. Bear hugs are what he gives bears.

6. He once brought a knife to a gunfight… just to even the odds.

7. When he meets the Pope, the Pope kisses his ring.

8. If he were to visit the dark side of the moon, it wouldn’t be dark.

9. He can kill two stones with one bird.

10. His signature won a Pulitzer.

[We will look at a few more of these reasons in our subsequent posts, including some true details about the actor playing “the most interesting man in the world.”]

But isn’t the most interesting man in the world, in the UNIVERSE, the Lord Jesus Christ?  Here are a few reasons why that is the case:

Why JESUS is the most interesting man in the UNIVERSE:

1. He knows what you are thinking before you even form words in your mind.Screenshot 2015-12-25 09.10.41

2.  He never, ever lies.

3.  He has conquered death and proved His deity by His resurrection.

4.  He and He alone could pay the sin debt you and I owed to God.

5.  He is worthy of any sacrifice we could offer Him.

6.  He deserves all our praise and all our worship — We can never over-worship Jesus!

STAY THIRSTY FOR JESUS, MY FRIENDS!

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2016 in Jesus Christ

 

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The Most Interesting Man in the Universe! Part 1

I’m sure you’ve all seen the beer commercials featuring the ruggedly handsome, Screenshot 2015-12-28 07.42.38bearded spokesman under the caption “The Most Interesting Man in the World.”  The narrator gives us a few of the reasons that this man is the most interesting.  Here are several of my favorites:

1. He gave his father “the talk.”
2. His passport requires no photograph.
3. When he drives a car off the lot, its price increases in value.
4. Once a rattlesnake bit him. After five days of excruciating pain, the snake finally died.
5. If he were to punch you in the face, you would have to fight off a strong urge to thank him.

[We will look at a few more of these reasons in our subsequent posts, including some true details about the actor playing “the most interesting man in the world.”]

It got me to thinking (always a bad thing) — Isn’t the most interesting man in the world, in the UNIVERSE, the Lord Jesus Christ?  Of course He is.  And here are a few reasons why:

Why JESUS is the most interesting man in the UNIVERSE:

1. He was God before He became man!Screenshot 2015-12-25 09.10.41

2.  He created man and sustains man by His very thoughts!

3.  He came to earth to invite humans into the Trinitarian love of God!

4.  He not only walked on water — He created water!

5.  He is the very definition of what it means to be a man.

6.  He created Jonathan Goldsmith (“The Most Interesting Man in the World”), the spokesman for Dos Equis beer.

STAY ENTHRALLED WITH JESUS, MY FRIENDS!

 

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2016 in Jesus Christ

 

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