Word of Life Bible Study – Meeting 2

15 Sep

So we official reconvened again, and I must say that I really love this group. I know I’ve said it once, and I’ll probably say it again. These ladies are wonderful.

We discussed chapter one of Word of Life today. We spent a lot of time talking about how the Gospel is about a Person, not just a series of ideas. Before anything else, the preaching of the Gospel is the preaching of Christ (Col 1:26).

One of the key points of this chapter is that it defines several basic Christological terms. Three main areas of study in Christology are His Person, His work, and His office. I like Oden’s sentence, which is helpful to remember these terms: The work is done by the person through the office. For a non-theological example, think of it this way, George W. Bush (the person) runs the country (work) through the office of the presidency.

Christ’s Person speaks of who He is. The three points Oden highlighted were:
– He is truly God
– He is truly Man
– The unique, personal union of God and Man in one Person. (This unity of God and Man is called the theandric union. “Theandric” is a contraction of the word, “Theantrhopos”, which simply means “God-man” (Theos = God; Anthropos = human).

The work of Christ speaks of what He does, specifically regarding the broad scheme of salvation. The two things we discussed were:
– The work of Christ, while conceptually distinguishable from His Person, is intrinsically dependant upon who He is.
– The two states, or phases, of Christ’s ministry: Humiliation and exaltation. It’s the basic progression of Philippians 2:5-11, where the uncreated God humbled Himself to the utter depths, and was consequently exalted to ultimate glory.

The office of Jesus, to put it roughly, is His function / job description by which He accomplishes His work. The three offices described in Scripture are the prophet (declaring the words of God, revealing the Father), the Priest (mediation, intercession, atonement for sin — just to name a few functions), and the King (ruling and reigning, the sovereign God).

Oden pointed out a sequence in these offices, saying that Jesus’ propehtic work was in His earthly ministry, leading to His priestly ministry on the Cross, followed by His ascension to rule as King at God’s right hand. There is an element of truth to this — each stage clearly displays the office assigned to it.

However, we ladies had some extensive discussion about how this is not an entirely accurate description of the offices of Christ. True, you can’t get any more prophetic than Jesus’ earthly ministry. However, Jesus is still the Word of God, the Lord’s communication to humanity in these last days (Heb 1:1-2). It’s true that the ultimate priestly sacrifice took place on the Cross. However, Jesus still always lives to make intercession for us (Heb 7:25). And even when Jesus stood before Pilate, battered and beaten beyond recognition, speeding towards the lowest point of His humiliation, He was still a King (John 18:33-37).

We also had a lot of fun discussing our prayer reading passages. Christina was reading Philippians 2, and struck all over again by how Jesus is real — for really real — a real human being who is also God. Shawna was talking about Jesus’ incredible humility in Hebrews 2, how He thoroughly identified with us, even calling us brethren. Deborah was enjoying reading about Jesus being the brightness of God’s glory in Hebrews 1, and I was enjoying meditation on how John 1 says “in Him is life”.

So again, please feel free to comment below. How did the reading in Word of Life go? What about the prayer-reading? Questions/comments/revelations/etc.?

Next week, we’re reading through page 42. Same time, same place. Blessings!


8 responses to “Word of Life Bible Study – Meeting 2

  1. Steve E Bennett

    September 16, 2007 at 1:43 am

    Hi Amanda,
    It is good to know that there are many people prayng and interceding in your area. I don’t have the book, but “the Word of Life” is and has been a great area of study and leading by the Holy Spirit for me for some time now. I have subscribed to the RSS and will look forward to reading your responses and comments, as well as other believers on the web.
    This is an area of study that we as children of the Most High are woefully lacking in, and so it impedes what our knowledge of who we are and what we can accomplish in and for the Kingdom of God here on the earth. We have been placed here for this time and purpose and all heaven and earth is looking for and awaiting the manifestation of the sons of God. It seems that there are many children but few care to really become disciples. God bless you in your endeavors!

    Steve, Albuquerque, NM

  2. Amanda Beattie

    September 16, 2007 at 2:15 am

    Thanks for the comment, Steve. I agree that the Church desperately needs to give herself to studying and meditating on the Person of Jesus Christ once again. It’s something from which we never graduate… for all of eternity, we’re going to be growing in the knowledge of Him.

    I can’t wait. 🙂

  3. Dorean Beattie

    September 17, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    On the issue of the “jobs” of Jesus, where would you say the Bridegroom fits in? I was thinking at first it was mostly King, but then thought it’s also Priest, since He is bringing us (our offerings of our hearts?) to God… Any thoughts?

  4. Amanda Beattie

    September 17, 2007 at 10:20 pm

    I would say that the “Bridegroom” is mostly about His Person, actually. The Bridegroom heart of Christ speaks of His love and desire for His people. It’s more of a motivation factor than it is a work or an office.

  5. Dorean Beattie

    September 18, 2007 at 7:54 am

    OK, that makes sense… Guess it’s a good thing I’m in your “class” to learn about this, eh?

  6. Christine

    September 19, 2007 at 2:34 am

    I see how it is. Apparently you have to open your Bible to prayer read, eh? Then again, most of what I was focusing on is addressed in what Shawna said, so it would be a bit redundant.

    OK… I’ll actually flip to that page in my Bible this week.

  7. Amanda Beattie

    September 19, 2007 at 3:09 am

    I think I had to step out of the room while you were doing your thing (wasn’t that when Clay called?). At any rate, all I could remember was that you had written out the entire first chapter by memory. Which is pretty darn impressive.

  8. Christine

    September 19, 2007 at 10:30 am

    I don’t know about impressive. Especially when you consider how long ago I started memorizing and how much of it I lost after I quit when my mom passed away.

    In any case… writing something out by memory is QUITE different from prayer-reading.

    Good news, though: I spent some time actually looking at Hebrews today. It was good. And it looked different to me, this time.


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