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The Gospel Truth About Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ, the second Person of the One Triune God, is both fully God and fully man. There are seven major truths about Jesus Christ that we must understand in order to truly begin to understand and know Him:

  1. Deity
  2. Incarnation
  3. Crucifixion
  4. Resurrection
  5. Ascension
  6. Intercession
  7. Return

These six truths are perhaps best presented in Philippians 2:6-11. Jesus Christ, “who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Therefore, God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

We see Christ’s deity in v. 6: “he was in the form of God.” John identifies the Man Christ Jesus as God in John 1:1, 14. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … 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.”

Both Paul and John, then, affirm both Christ’s deity and incarnation. The Hebrew writer also recognizes Jesus’ humanity in Hebrews 2:17. Jesus “was made like his brothers in every respect.”

In his humanity, Jesus “humbled himself by becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8). I wrote extensively about the crucifixion on Good Friday, so let us suffice it to say here that Jesus’ death reconciled us to God; he took our sins upon him so that we could receive his righteousness by (grace-given) faith.

Philippians 2 implies the resurrection, which would take place between verses 8 and 9. As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:1-9, the gospel includes the fact that Christ “was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” Indeed, he was raised for our justification (Romans 4:25).

After Christ was raised, he ascended forty days later (also implied between verses 8 and 9).

gospel pic for blog Now in heaven, Christ intercedes for us. Hebrews 7:22-25 reveals that Jesus is

the guarantor of a better covenant. The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

We also have the promise of Christ’s return. Jesus’ last words recorded in Revelation 22:20 are “Surely I am coming soon.” Indeed, Jesus is our Savior, God the Eternal Son who emptied himself by adding humanity to his deity. Christ Jesus died for us, was buried, and rose again the third day. He ascended to heaven where he now intercedes for us! And in addition to the glory of all this, we have our Lord’s promise that he is “coming soon.” Let us then, cry out with John the Revelator: “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”


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