Monday, December 5, 2011

Bible Study #5 WE BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST THE GOD-MAN, Christianity 101 Bible Study using the Apostle's Creed

Bible Study #5,
Christianity 101 - The Apostle's Creed-
"We Believe In Jesus Christ-Fully God and Fully Man"
We Focus Now On The Man Jesus Christ
Teacher: Dr. Fletcher Law
Fletcher LAW and GRACE Ministries
Redeemer Bible Studies
Redeemer Bible Fellowship

A Bible study on The Main Topics Of The Apostles' Creed
(as usually recited today)

The basic creed of churches, as most familiarly known, is called the Apostles' Creed.
We view it as a concise declaration or affirmation of orthodox or solid Christian historical teaching. It is under the authority and not equal to Scripture. It has received this title because of its great antiquity; it dates from very early times in the Church, a half century or so from the last writings of the New Testament.


I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.


Jesus means-Savior in Greek.
Christ means -Anointed One in Greek.

He has always existed as part of the God-head or Trinity.

In this study we will focus on the life of Christ from birth or Advent to the Ascension.

The Old Testament was getting the Jewish people ready for the coming Messiah.
Let's read these Old testament prophesies.

Isaiah 7:14 (ESV)
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
wand the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting bFather, Prince of Peace.

Micah 5:2 (ESV)
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days.


Zechariah 9:9 (ESV)
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you;
righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.


Psalm 22:16–18 (ESV)
16 For dogs encompass me;
a company of evildoers encircles me;
they have pierced my hands and feet
17 I can count all my bones—
they stare and gloat over me;
18 they divide my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.

Isaiah 50:6 (ESV)
6 I gave my back to those who strike,
and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard;
I hid not my face
from disgrace and spitting.

Zechariah 12:10 (ESV)
10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.

From the beginning of time Christ was preparing to come to Earth.

John deals with the theology of Christ and wraps it up in one verse.

John 1:14
English Standard Version (ESV)
14And 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.

The Birth of Jesus Christ in Matthew 1

18Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins." 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 "Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel"
(which means, God with us). 24When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

The Birth of Jesus Christ In Luke 2

1In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

All hell came against the Babe. Herod slaughtered all two year old and younger males in the land to keep from having a rival king.

We could study forever the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to study His life's work and his Ascension to the right hand of the Father in Acts.

In Hebrews we can understand Jesus Christ as our sympathetic high priest.
The high priest has the power to forgive sins.
You mean we are like Jesus.

Hebrews 2:17
English Standard Version (ESV)
17Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

Hebrews 4:15
English Standard Version (ESV)
15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Hebrews 5

1For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.

Hebrews 5:5
English Standard Version (ESV)
5So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him,

"You are my Son,
today I have begotten you";

Hebrews 5:10
English Standard Version (ESV)
10being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 7:27
English Standard Version (ESV)
27He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself.

Christ through His perfect life we are saved along with his death and Resurrection.
Romans 5:10
English Standard Version (ESV)
10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

Jesus did what Adam our forefather and we could not do.
He, Jesus Christ, kept God's eternal life and standard of holiness and became the perfect sacrifice.

1 Corinthians 15:45
English Standard Version (ESV)
45Thus it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

John the Baptist summed up the work of Jesus Christ on the Earth at the beginning of Christ's earthly ministry.

John 1:29
English Standard Version (ESV)
29The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

How is Jesus Christ qualified as the ultimate sacrificial lamb?
Romans 5:10
English Standard Version (ESV)
10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

He takes care of us for eternity as a once and for all sacrifice for sin.

Revelation 5:6
English Standard Version (ESV)
6And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

Revelation 7:17
English Standard Version (ESV)
17For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

Revelation 19:6-7
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
6Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
"Hallelujah!For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
7Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;

He was like us in that -
He was born.
He ad a family.
He was tempted.
He had friends.
He was betrayed.
He wept.
He felt great pain.
He tasted death.

He is not like us in that-
He never sinned.
He rose from the dead.
He is fully man and fully God.

Jesus Christ the God-man. Jesus Christ and His life's work is what the gospel is. Through his perfect life He is our sacrifice once and for all over sin. Through His death He took the wrath of God on Himself as a full penalty that paid for our sins. He was Resurrected as He triumphed over death, hell sin and the grave. He sits at the right hand of the Father and judges and will judge all the living and the dead. He constantly sends the Holy Spirit to draw all the elect to Him. He is coming again. Know this man, this God-man Jesus Christ.

In Christ Alone!

Fletcher Law

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