Sunday LeftoversJesus Christ is the infinite God-Man.  And that simply stated truth has been under attack since the advent of Christ.  In the early church in Asia Minor, some heretics suggested Christ was deity but not man, but were that a case, Christ could not identify with us and could not bear our sin on the cross.  Others in those churches suggested Christ was a man, but was only also deity after His baptism and until the cross.  They suggested that He gave up His deity prior to His death; but were that they case, He would have been incapable of bearing the Father’s infinite wrath.

So John repeatedly affirms both the humanity and deity of Christ in his first letter:

  • Christ is from the beginning — 1:1; 2:13
  • He is the Word of life — 1:1
  • He is the Son of God — 1:2, 3, 7; 2:22, 23, 24; 3:8, 23; 4:9, 10, 14, 15; 5:1, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 20
  • He is the Christ — 2:22; 5:1
  • He is Jesus Christ — 1:3; 2:1; 3:23; 4:2; 5:6, 20
  • His life (as the Messiah and God) was manifested — 1:2; 4:2
  • He is the only begotten of God — 4:9
  • He is righteous — 2:1; 3:7
  • He is at the Father’s right hand as Mediator — 2:1
  • He is the giver of the Holy Spirit — 3:24
  • He was testified to by the Spirit — 5:6, 8
  • He was testified to by God — 5:9, 10
  • The blood of Christ is what cleanses men from sin — 1:7, 9
  • He appeared to take away sin — 3:5
  • He appeared to destroy the works of the devil — 3:8
  • He is the propitiation for sin — 2:2; 4:10
  • He laid down His life for us — 3:16
  • He forgives for the sake of His name — 2:12
  • He is the Advocate before God for the believer — 2:1; 5:14-15
  • He hears the prayers of the believer — 5:14-15
  • He is righteous — 2:1; 3:7
  • He was a human being — 4:2
  • His life is exemplary (and worthy of emulation) — 2:6
  • He gives commands that must be obeyed — 2:3-4, 7-8; 3:22-23, 24; 4:21; 5:2-3
  • He is coming again — 2:28; 3:2
  • There are men who purport to follow Him who are antichrists — 2:18-19, 22; 4:3
  • He must have been raised because He is the source of eternal life — 5:11

In sum:  Christ is not incidental to our faith.  Without Christ there is no faith.