What are the main elements of a “functional Christology,” and how would you respond to them?
The deity of Christ sits at the pinnacle of controversy and belief concerning the Christian faith. While some have overemphasized the deity of Christ, others, such as the Ebionites and the Arians, have portrayed Christ as a unique human not possessing a divine nature. Relevant biblical passages clearly indicate that this is not the case. More recently, “functional Christology” has developed, focusing on the actions of Jesus rather than his nature. Again, biblical evidence does not support this view. The deity of Christ has real value to the believer concerning knowledge of God, new life, personal relationship with God, and the ability to worship Christ for who he is.
- Why is the deity of Christ so important to the Christian faith? Use biblical references to support your answer.
- Why did Jesus not speak of his divinity overtly? What did he say that would support his divinity?
- What views have developed that diminish the deity of Christ, and are they still effective today?
- What are the main elements of a “functional Christology,” and how would you respond to them?
- What implications may be drawn concerning the deity of Christ, and why do you think they are important?