Christology

Joanna Reyburn - Long-Play Devo

in Christology, Devo, IHOP, Theology

This is this longest prayer room chunk I've ever posted online, but people have been asking for long-play devotionals for their soaking prayer times. This is an hour and 14 minutes of an IHOP–KC Devo mostly spontaneous singing around the Divinity of Jesus.
 
I have been worship leading for Stephen Venable's Christology I and Biblical doctrine classes at the International House of Prayer University for a couple semesters now, and the more I study about Jesus - His Divinity and His humanity as revealed in the Scriptures, the more in love I become with Him. I've been thinking about how everything changes if Jesus is Yahweh, the LORD, as He said, "Before Abraham was, I AM."
 
The implications for what we believe, and the way we live are huge! At the end of the day, the question is not about an expression of faith, a denomination or opinion, it all comes back to Jesus and "Who do you say that I am?" All the end of the age controversy is over the person of Jesus. Every cult centers upon a distortion of Jesus' Divinity. In the face of persecution, we will either profess Him as just a teacher, a prophet and a wise man, or we will hold fast to who He truly is, the LORD, the King of glory. Just thinking about it again gives me goosebumps. In this set, I went on a little singing journey of those implications of the Divinity of Jesus from His supremacy in all things to being persecuted for His Name's sake - the Name of Yahweh.
 
"You're more than a teacher, more than a prophet, more than a man, the I AM that I AM..."
 
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22 Oct 2008

An Introduction to Christology

in Christology, IHOPU, Stephen Venable, Tolerance
I am taking a class at IHOPU called "Christology II" instructed by Stephen Venable.  Last spring, I led worship for his class "Mystical Life of Communion" and it was amazing.  I think it should be required for everyone at IHOP.  The first week of this class focused exclusively on establishing the Divinity of Jesus through the Scripture, the second week focuses on His Humanity.  My next few blog posts, which are currently in the works, will focus on some of the meditations that this class is stirring up including the Divinity of Jesus, the Incarnation, and the Humanity of Jesus.

Jesus is God

Many Christians don't worry too much about the Theology of Christ, they say things like, "I just want to love Jesus" implying that they don't want to worry about all that "other stuff"  While I am definitely a proponent for the simplicity of devotion to the Lord, we have an obligation to know as much as we can about this One that we say we love, and ensure that our "love" is directed to Jesus, and not a false conception of who He is.  We must come to Him on His terms as revealed by the Scriptures.  

In light of the coming crisis, be it the actual end-times, or simply the growing anti-Christ atmosphere in the nations, confusion on the Person of Jesus will lead to a "great falling away" in the church.  In our culture of "tolerance," the conviction that Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father is highly offensive.  We would be much more politically correct if we would embrace Jesus as a way to the Father among many ways, a man among many other men.  But the fundamental statement that Jesus is God in the flesh is the only thing that distinguishes our beliefs from those of Islam, the New Age, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witness, Judaism and various other groups.  In our post-modern era, we have forgotten that the only thing that makes us "Christian" is Christ.  Not our morals or principles, not our small groups or churches.   Agreement with that statement should be, and will again one day be the definitive identifier of who is a "Christian."  

In our post-modern area, we have drifted so far from this confession, although to the early church, this is what defined someone as a follower of Jesus.   Romans 10:9 makes it clear that salvation comes by confessing that Jesus is the Lord, and believing in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. It is not enough to believe in him as a person, to follow his teachings, to think of him as a moral leader, a prophet, or a great man.  None of these ideas equate to Scriptural salvation.

Scriptures for Meditation:

"And now, O Father, glorify me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was." John 17:5

Jesus, show me Your glory, the glory that You shared with the Father before the world began.

 "For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible...All things were created through Him and for Him...and in Him all things consist." Colossians 1:16-17

Jesus, the world was created by You and all things are upheld by the word of Your power.  (Hebrews 1)   

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