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The Uniqueness of Christ

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Date: March 17, 2019

Speaker: Jay O'Brien

Series: The Gospel of Matthew

Scripture: Matthew 17:1–17:13

Seeing Jesus's unique identity and work 

 

  • Jesus is the glory and power of God

Hebrews 1:3 “He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power."

  • Jesus enables permanent access into the presence of God 
    Hebrews 9:12 "he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption."
"Firstly, and most fundamentally: the Logos, which as we have seen from the Stoics merged with the impersonal, harmonious and divine structure of the cosmos as a whole, came to be identified for Christians with a single and unique personality, that of Christ. To the horror of the Greeks, the new believers maintained that the Logos– in other words the divine principle – was in no sense identical with the harmonious order of the world, but was incarnated in one outstanding individual names Christ.” - Luc Ferry, A Brief History of Thought
“This ‘personalizing’ of salvation allows us firstly to comprehend – by means of a concrete example – how mankind can pass from one vision of the world to another….But there is more: by resting its case upon a definition of the human person and an unprecedented idea of love, Christianity was to have an incalculable effect upon the history of ideas. To give one example, it is quite clear that, in this Christian re-evaluation of the human person, of the individuals as such, the philosophy of human rights to which we subscribe today would never have established itself.” Luc Ferry, A Brief History of Thought

Responses to Jesus's unique identity and work 

 

  • eliminating him
  • controlling him 
  • bowing to his power and standing in his grace