Essential Truths 4 – God the Son

The Excellencies of Christ

It is fascinating to think of those first disciples coming eye to eye with the Messiah, God’s Son.  Walking alongside Him, listening as He taught about God, redemption and heaven.  Beginning with John the Baptist’s declaration to “Behold, the Lamb of God!”, they were made aware of the unique Man they were privileged to associate with.  He invited them to follow, they abandoned their boats and He changed their lives.  Invitation and abandonment – good themes for salvation truth.

Jonathan Edwards preached these great words in the early 18th century, extolling the greatness of our Savior:

“Christ is the Creator and great Possessor of heaven and earth. He is sovereign Lord of all. He rules over the whole universe, and doth whatsoever pleaseth him. His knowledge is without bound. His wisdom is perfect, and what none can circumvent. His power is infinite, and none can resist Him. His riches are immense and inexhaustible. His majesty is infinitely awful.  And yet He is one of infinite condescension….  He condescends not only to the angels, humbling Himself to behold the things that are done in heaven, but He also condescends to such poor creatures as men; and that not only so as to take notice of princes and great men, but of those that are of meanest rank and degree… And yet He is infinitely gracious and merciful. Though His justice be so strict with respect to all sin, and every breach of the law, yet He has grace sufficient for every sinner, and even the chief of sinners….”

What a wonderful Savior is Jesus our Lord!

The Father’s Son

In John 5-7, Jesus gives a major discourse to express His own own thoughts about His deity and His commitment to His Father’s mission.

    • Jesus is equal with God in His person – 5:17-18
    • He is equal with God in His works – 5:19-20
    • He is equal with God in His power & sovereignty – 5:21
    • He is equal with God in His judgments – 5:22
    • He is equal with God in His honor – 5:22
    • He is Giver of Life – 5:21,26
    • He is our Final Judge – 5:22-23
    • He is the Bread of Life – 6:22-35
    • He is Resurrection Power – 7:24-30
    • He is the Witness of Truth – 7:31-47

Bible Study Journal

As New Testament Christians we have the privilege of knowing Jesus Christ as our Savior.  Having accomplished the finished work of our Redemption on the Cross, He now sits at the right hand of God in heaven as our Advocate.  There is a rich treasure house of truths which we need to dig into, so now is your opportunity to get to know our Savior better!

Jesus Christ’s Character

  • His Preexistence
    • Jn 1:1; Phil 2:6
  • His Deity
    • Jn 10:30; 14:9; Matt 14:33; Col 1:15-20; Rev 19:16
  • Prophecy about Him
    • Isa. 49:10; Micah 5:2
  • Christ surrendered use of His deity in order to be an obedient, sacrificial servant
    • Phil. 2:5-11
  • His Impeccability – He could not sin
    • Heb 2:8; 4:14
  • He is Prophet, Priest and King
    • Deut 18:18; Jn 6:14; 1 Jn 2:2; Heb 2:17; Eph 1:20-23

Bible Study Journal
Look these verses up and write words or phrases in your journal of how these verses describe Jesus Christ.

Key Passages on Christ’s Work

  • God has spoken to us through His Son
    • Heb. 1: 1-4
    • Everything we need to know about God was demonstrated in the works of Christ or revealed in His Word
  • He is Creator – Col. 1-3
    • Jn. 1:3 – Active in Creation
    • Col. 1:15-20 – By Him all things created, consist, held together
    • Col. 2:8-12 – In Him dwells all the Godhead bodily, completely God
    • Col. 3:1-4 – Victorious Savior, sitting at the right hand of God
    • Heb. 1:2
  • His Virgin Birth
    • Isa 7:14; 9:6; Mt. 1:23,25;
  • His Incarnation
    • Completely God, Completely Man
    • Lu. 2:52; Phil. 2:5-8; Col. 2:7-9; Jn. 4:23; 14:9-10
    • John 1:14, He “Tabernacled” among us, pitched His tent, dwelt among us
  • He is sufficient for all matters of life & godliness
    • 2 Pet. 1:3-4
  • He has provided Redemption once and for all as our Great High Priest
    • Heb. 9:11-12; 10:10, 12-13
    • Jn. 10:15
    • Rom. 3:24-25; 4:8
    • 1 Pet. 2:24
  • His Death
    • • Lu 22:15-20
      • 1 Cor 15:3-8
  • His Resurrection
    • Matt. 28:6
    • Lu. 24:38-39
    • Acts 2:30-31
    • Rom. 4:25; 8:34
    • Heb. 7:25; 9:24
    • 1 Jn. 2:1
    • 1 Cor. 15:3-8, 20, 23
  • His Ascension
    • Lu 24:50-53
    • 1 Pet 3:22
    • Rev 5:12
  • His Return
    • Jn 14:4-6
    • Acts 1:9-11
    • 1 Thess 4:16-18
    • Rev. 20
  • His Eternal Reign
    • Rev 19:11-16

Our Response to Jesus Christ

  • B0w before Him inn Humble Gratitude – Surrender
  • Learn about Him – Discipleship
  • Walk in His Steps – Christlikeness
  • Declare Him to your world – Witness

Who is Christ to You?

Bible  Study Journal
Here’s your opportunity to write down thoughts about Christ in your own words…

  • How long have you known Jesus Christ?
  • When did you place your faith in Him, how did that event transpire?
  • What kind of difference has He made in your life?
  • What are the special qualities about Him that mean the most to you?
  • Anything else you want to add?
  • Is there someone you want to share these thoughts with?