The Person of Jesus Christ (INTRODUCTION: (Jesus is understood as: Jesus…
The Person of Jesus Christ
Jesus is understood as: Jesus the Son of God, Jesus the teacher of wisdom and Jesus the liberator.
Jesus the Son of God:
This title is used in the Bible's New Testament and in the early Church.
The idea links to the Christian doctrine of the Trinity (Father, Son and the Holy Spirit) as well as the doctrine of reincarnation.
Being the son of God is central to Jesus' authority.
Jesus the teacher of wisdom:
Figure who advocated repentance, forgiveness and spiritual purity.
His life and him as a person is an example for others.
Jesus the liberator:
He is a religious revolutionist in that he challenged religious authorities, institutions and riles with radically different spiritual messages that sought to divide God and people.
In order to save humanity from sin. Jesus has to be divine as only God has that redemptive power.
The Gospels says Jesus came into the world through the intervention of the Holy Spirit and Mary. St John writes Jesus as Word, and the
"Word was God"
How Churches resolved the question of Jesus' humanity and divinity:
Established a key principle that as long as it;s acknowledged that Jesus is both truly divine and truly human, how this is possible is not a question of central importance. It was resolved that Jesus was of the same substance as the Father or one being - homoousious. Jesus was not a mix of these attributes; simply just fully-human and fully-divine.
The relationship between Jesus and God is an ancient puzzle. For Christians, rather that Jesus being a figure like ancient Greeks or Romans, Jesus is directly associated with God by the text and is believed to be so by Christians.
How Jesus was aware of being the Son of God:
If Jesus is fully-human and fully-divine, he should be omniscient on that he requires full knowledge.
Medieval theology responded with three kinds of knowledge that Jesus may have:
Knowledge of the divine reality of God; face-to-face and all the created realities (
An infused knowledge (
Knowledge of life in the normal way of human life
suggests human life is conditioned by uncertainty. If Jesus was conscious of God then his view of life can be hardly called a human one due to God being divine. Jesus would be seen more like a higher being looking over humanity/creation.
In the New Testament, Jesus is prescribed as a "miracle worker," healing the sick and driving out demons (Mark). Miracle stories surrounding Jesus has been important to Christians but it's also controversial due to Jesus confounding the mechanical orderliness of the universe with his authority and the power of God.
Jesus' power to walk on water, heal the sick and drive out demons. to recreate sight, speech and life are things on God can do which reinforces the message that Jesus us God's son.
These miracles may be interpreted:
argued that because we have no present or direct experience of miracles ourselves, it's not possible to trust the accounts of Jesus doing miracles given by the New Testament writers despite them believing in them completely.
identified another way Jesus' accounts can be interpreted: as having a spiritual or metaphorical meaning for today than just a literal sense.
interpretation, Jesus' miracles show how great his power in that he was able to gather the community of all of Israel.
For Paul, if Jesus was not resurrected then all preaching would be in vain, sins would not be washed clean, and at death all would perish. A Christian faith without resurrection is impossible for Paul.
Resurrection became fundamental to what Christians believe about God: in the same way that God raised Jesus from the dead, God will raise everyone from the dead.
Christians find many meanings in the Resurrection and it relates to a range of different theologies including those that relate to salvation, redemption and God's activity in the world.
Jesus the teacher of wisdom:
Jesus spoke on moral issues and ideas: the importance of love, self-sacrifice, concern for the poor and the dispossessed, the importance of honesty, justice and peace. He used moral teaching techniques with controversial or surprising stories. These seemed to design listeners to think again about preconceptions.
Jesus' wisdom is a message of repentance and forgiveness. He continuously speaks of forgiveness of the sins and much of his work involving healing the sick as well as spending time with groups of people who were rejected or casted out of society such as tax collectors and sinners. Jesus brings a message of forgiveness and hope to those pushed aside by society. His vision is universal of healing, bringing God and all of humanity together.
Overall, Jesus' moral message is extensively concerned with love, love of each other, love of neighbours, love of enemies and love of God.
Jesus was an advocate of moral purity.The wisdom of Jesus is that goodness goes beyond the external actions we perfirm but reach inside to the motivations that drive us.
Jesus the liberator:
A person who wanted to free those from social convention, religious restriction, political domination and someone who wanted to liberate people from sin and death. Jesus was a figure if conflict and controversy with authorities. Overall, he was a figure of political, religious and social challenge.