Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove

Faith Bible Church

Sunday,  July 19, 2009   


1 John 2:28





 (Messiah & A.C. #235)


A.  The superiority of the Person of Christ in the HU (CHU) and a look at Satan’s ceaseless attempts to water down, distort, and destroy the uniqueness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

            1.  CHU:  Christ is fully man contra Gnosticism (90-300). 

            2.  CHU:  Christ is fully God contra Ebionism (100-300)

            3.  CHU   Christ had a real human nature contra Alexandrianism (200-400).

            4.  CHU:  Christ was not just God playing another role contra modalism (215).     

            5.  CHU:  Christ was not “a god” contra Arianism (250):

            6.  CHU:  Christ was not just God in a human body contra Apollonarianism (310). 

            7.  CHU:  Christ was not some two person contra Nestorianism (428): 

            8.  CHU:  Christ was not some God-man mixture contra  Eutychianism (448).

            9.  CHU:  Christ was not transformed into a different being contra Monophysitism           

            10.  CHU: Christ had one SC/will contra Dyothelitism (700).  

            11.  CHU: Christ did not “become divine” contra Adoptionism (700).

            12.  CHU:  Christ did not give up divine attributes contra Kenoticism (1800).

            13.  CHU:  Christ is not the figment of one’s experiences contra Existentialism     

            14.  CHU:  Christ does not love the poor & the rich contra Liberation “Christology”         

            15.  CHU:  Christ is not against European theology contra Black “Christology”

            16.  CHU:  Christ is not against women contra Feminist “Christology” (20th)

            17.  CHU:  Christ does not change contra Process “Christology” (20th)

            18.  CHU:  Christ is the only way contra Universalist “Christology.”                      

            19.  CHU:  Christ brings absolute Truth contra Postmodernism.

            20.  CHU:  Christ is the Absolute Truth contra Emergent Church (21st).


B.   Satan’s never ending distortion of understanding of the CHU & Anti-Christ, Rv 13.


C.   Doctrinal response to contemporary attacks on the Christ of Scripture & HU. 

            1.  Contrary to the feminists’ attacks on Christ, the HU, and Christology, it was Christ who truly recognized and raised the dignity of women in the POG.

                        a)   Jesus gave women a dignity that was unheard of in His time.                            

                        b)   Jesus went against the customs of His time, Mt 5:28.

                        c)   Jesus granted women the right to divorce husbands, Mk 10:12.

                        d)  Jesus often used women in his spiritual illustrations, Mt 12:42

                        e)  Jesus demonstrated a respect for women as persons, Lk 7:36-50; Jn 4:1-26.

                        f)   Jesus took the initiative to talk with women about theology, Jn 4:17-18.

                        g)  Jesus held up a woman as an example of giving, Mk 12:41-44.

                        h)  Jesus addressed a woman as a daughter of Abraham, Lk 13:16.

                        i)   Jesus respected women as students of the Word of God,  Lk 10:38-42.   

                        j)   Jesus’ acceptance and respect for women is evident from followers, Lk 8:1-3.

                        k)  Jesus appeared to women first at the resurrection and it was women who played a dominant role at the time of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection and are placed in a better light than His male disciples.

                        l)   Jesus did not reinforce the common conception that the place of was only in the home to serve the man; they were encouraged to learn from Him just like the male disciples.

            2.  Doctrinal response to “Social Christology,” Gal 3:28, 2 Cor 8:9.


D.  Fundamentals of Suffering in the POG.

            1.   Bible explains the causes of all human suffering and reveals powerful solutions to all suffering, Job 5:7; 14:1;  Jn 16:33;  1 Thess 3:3;  2 Tim 3:12; Heb 12:6‑8; Job 42:5; Heb 5:8; 1 Cor 10:12; 1 Pt 2:20; 4:12;  Rm 5:3.

            2.   No believer should be surprised at suffering in his life, Heb 12:5; 1 Pt 4:12-13; Rm 5:3-4; 8:28-39; Rev 2-3. 

            3.   Through the SL the believer is able to triumph over suffering and parlay all suffering into tremendous spiritual momentum and fantastic blessings,  Psa 31:23‑24; 55:22; Isa 43:2;  Rm 8:37; 12:21; Eph 6:11‑20. 

            4.   Suffering reminds us that no one can live beyond their capacity for life. 

            5.   All suffering is located in one of two categories:  deserved or undeserved. 

                        a.   Deserved:  VR and DD - 1 Pt 2:20a; Heb 12: 5.

                        b.   Undeserved:  get believer to maturity (Js 1:2-4), to develop maturity (2 Cor 12:7-10), and to move beyond maturity (Philip 3:14).

            6.  Under the two categories of suffering we have 5 purposes – 5 final causes. 

            7.   The issue is always the FHS/Word of God: no WOG/FHS = no growth; WOG/HS = gradual growth; WOG/HS + suffering = accelerated spiritual growth.


E.   Understanding Suffering in the Plan of God – the 5 Categories:

            #1 - VR, Gal 6:7; Hosea 8:7

            #2 – DD – to get the believer back to the SL, Heb 12:5-11.

            #3 – To get the believer to maturity, Js 1:2-4. 

            #4 – To develop the believer in maturity for greater blessedness, 2 Cor 12:7-10 

            #5 -  Maximum glorification of God as a spiritual hero in the AC, Philip 3.  



            1.   Divine power, blessedness & glorification of God in weaknesses (ἀσθένεια). 

            2.   Divine power, blessedness & glorification of God in people testing (ὕβρις).

            3.   Divine power, blessedness & glorification of God  in thought testing (ἀνάγκη).  

            4.   Divine power, blessedness & glorification of God in system testing (διωγμός). 

            5.   Divine power, blessedness  & glorification of God  in disaster testing (στενοχωρία), Lev 26:16-46.