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Verses on the two natures of Christ? by Rudolph P. Boshoff

In some previous articles, I looked at some of the historical understandings concerning the two natures of Jesus Christ. In this article, I will look at the Scriptural imperatives that show the reality of the two natures of Christ. Oliver Crisp reminds us that. “Scripture is the norm for all theological judgements, and that creeds, including the Chalcedonian definition, are subordinate norms that depend upon Scripture as the norming norm.”[1] Let me just say there [...]

By |2021-09-18T16:01:49+02:00Sep 7th, 2021|Christology, Church History, Creeds|0 Comments

Jesus as a Phantom: The Heresy of Docetism by Dr Daniel Maritz

In Matthew 16:13-18 Jesus asks His disciples an especially important question: “Who do you say that I am?” This question was obviously aimed towards the true identity of Jesus. Although the apostle Peter was there in that instance to answer the question correctly, during the time right after the lives of the apostles[1] many different answers to this very question Jesus posed, appeared on the scene of church history. However, any answer to Jesus’ question which [...]

By |2021-09-03T11:50:51+02:00Sep 3rd, 2021|Christology, Church History, Creeds|0 Comments

Logos-Sarx Logos Anthropos: the reality of two equal distinctions by Pastor Rudolph P. Boshoff

(10-minute Read) One way in which the first Christian community tried to articulate what they believed was via the Early Church Councils. Even though there were quite varied beliefs concerning the Person and the Work of Jesus Christ, in the end, we are reminded that God built His Church, and these Conciliar perspectives gave us some notion as to how we could stay within the bounds of Biblical Orthodoxy. In the first seven councils, the [...]

By |2021-09-03T12:10:25+02:00Aug 30th, 2021|Christology, Church History, Creeds|0 Comments

Negotiating the Person of Christ by Pastor Rudolph P. Boshoff

(5-Minute Read) Our starting point is indeed a complex one when we reflect upon the unique Lord, Jesus Christ. All concepts are but hush assimilations of the wonderful Lord we contemplate, and, in the end, we are simply bound by the limits of human logic. That being said, what does it mean when we speak about Jesus as “person.” Brian E. Daley writes. “When Greek theologians in the early church speak of the ‘hypostasis’ of [...]

By |2021-08-30T08:02:06+02:00Aug 22nd, 2021|Christology, Church History, Creeds|0 Comments

The Predictions of Jesus Christ the Messiah in the Bible and the Quran by Pastor Rudolph P. Boshoff

(5-minute read) Only Jesus is the Messiah in the New Testament! The common word used for Messiah in the New Testament, in the original Greek texts, is ‘ho Christos’. Twice it is said to be a translation of the word Messiahs (John 1.41, 4.25). Just as the Quran uses the definite article al to apply the title to Jesus alone, so in the Christian Scriptures he is constantly called ‘’ho Christos’’, that is, the Messiah. [...]

By |2021-06-01T14:07:22+02:00May 20th, 2021|Christology|0 Comments

The Purpose of Jesus Christ the Messiah in the Bible and the Quran by Pastor Rudolph P. Boshoff

(5-minute read) From both Messianic expectations, we can now look at the affirmations and differences between the Bible and the Quran. For the sake of time, I will look at the revelatory purpose and the redemptive purpose of Jesus in the Bible and the Quran. The purpose of the Messiah is to reveal the relationship of Father and Son to us. Without the emphatic self-revelation of God, we cannot know Him! The Apostle John writes; [...]

By |2021-06-01T14:08:02+02:00May 20th, 2021|Christology|0 Comments

A Divine Messiah by Pastor Rudolph P. Boshoff

(5 Minute read) In a previous post, we have already mentioned the Messiah's sinlessness and virginal conception. In this post, I would like to look at the Messiah who embodies two radical perspectives; one of transcendent infinitude & one of immanent finitude. As Christians believe, He was indeed God and truly man. Question on the Hypostatic Union. The hypostatic union is the personal union of Jesus' two natures. Jesus has two complete natures—one fully human [...]

By |2021-06-01T14:08:45+02:00May 20th, 2021|Christology|0 Comments

The Pre-existing Lord by Rudolph P. Boshoff

(5-minute reading) Prince of Preachers Charles Spurgeon writes: “The most excellent study for expanding the soul is the science of Christ… Nothing will so enlarge the intellect, nothing so magnify the whole soul of man, as a devout, earnest, continued investigation of the great subject of the Deity.”[1] Reading: John 17:1-5. “After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. [...]

By |2021-04-30T20:22:56+02:00Mar 21st, 2020|Christology, Church History|2 Comments

Who do you say I am? Jesus through the eyes of the Gospel of Matthew by Pastor Rudolph P. Boshoff

(2 Minute Read). Biblical Scholar Bart D. Ehrman describes the Gospel of Matthew as; “one of the most highly treasured accounts of Jesus' life among the early Christians. This may explain why it was given pride of place as the first Gospel in the New Testament canon.”[1] Central to all the Gospels is the recorded life and memories of Jesus as the coming Jewish Messiah (Matthew), the Saviour of the World (Luke), Son of God [...]

By |2021-07-29T12:28:58+02:00Dec 17th, 2019|Christology, Spiritual formation|0 Comments

The Fading Isa of the Quran by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

(15-minute read).  There are 36 references to Jesus in the Quran, compared with 69 for Abraham and 136 for Moses. The references to Jesus can be grouped under six main headings: Christ’s Birth; Christ’s Mission; Christ’s Miracles; Christ’s identity; Christ’s Prophethood; Christ’s future predictions. Because we are pressed for time, we will look at: Christ’s Virgin Birth. Christ’s exclusive sinlessness and then; Christ’s titles: Messiah/ Son of God/ Word of God. I have left the Prophethood [...]