TOC: Machen, Person of Jesus

1.The Triune God- knowings vs feeling God; doctrine; communicable attributes; incommunicable attributes;

2. What Is the Deity of Christ?- the concept of deity; Classical Christian concept of deity

3. Does the Bible Teach the Deity of Christ?- proofs for the deity of Christ;

4. The Sermon on the Mount- The Sermon on the Mount also gives proof of Jesus’ deity

5. What Jesus Said about Himself- Son of Man;

6. The Supernatural Christ- natural and supernatural; miracles

7. Did Christ Rise from the Dead? – proofs for the resurrection of Christ.

Self-Attesting Scripture

“Modern skeptical historians are saying we must leave it. All our information about Jesus is supernaturalistic, they are saying; therefore, all our information about Jesus is uncertain. We can never disentangle the real Jesus from the beliefs of his earliest followers. The only Christ we really know is the supernatural Christ of Jesus’s earliest followers. We can never rediscover the portrait of the real Jesus. Are you afraid of skepticism like that? I am not afraid of it a bit. It is easily refuted by a mere reading of the Gospels. I beg you just to read the Gospels for yourselves, my friends, and then ask yourselves whether the person here presented to you is not a living, breathing person. The extreme skepticism of the day will always be refuted by common sense.” -J. Gresham Machen, The Person of Jesus: Radio Addresses on the Deity of the Savior

The Trinity Was Not an Earth-Shattering Revelation to the NT Writers

“Dr. Warfield rightly calls attention also to the matter-of-course way in which this identity of the triune God of the New Testament with the covenant God of Israel appears in the New Testament books. The New Testament writers are apparently not conscious of saying anything revolutionary. They assume the doctrine of the deity of Christ more than they expressly teach it. Why do they assume it? Dr. Warfield gives the answer. They assume it because it had already been established by the fact of the coming of the Son of God in the flesh. The doctrine was established by the fact of the incarnation before it was set forth in words. When the eternal Son of God became man in order to redeem sinners on the cross, and when the Holy Spirit was sent to apply that redeeming work of the Son of God to those who should be saved, then the doctrine of the Trinity was made known to men.” -J. Gresham Machen, The Person of Jesus: Radio Addresses on the Deity of the Savior

Why the Deity of Christ Matters

“We have trusted in Jesus. But how far can we trust him? Just in this transitory life? Just in this little speck that we call the earth? If we can trust him only thus far we are of all men most miserable. We are surrounded by stupendous forces; we are surrounded by the immensity of the unknown. After our little span of life there is a shelving brink with the infinite beyond. And still we are subject to fear—not only fear of destruction but a more dreadful fear of meeting with the infinite and holy God. So we should be if we had but a human Christ. But now is Christ our Savior, the one who says, “Your sins are forgiven,” revealed as very God. And we believe. Such a faith is a mystery to us who possess it; it seems folly to those who have it not. But if possessed it delivers us forever from fear. The world to us is all unknown; it is engulfed in an ocean of infinity. But it contains no mysteries to our Savior. He is on the throne. He pervades the remotest bounds. He inhabits infinity. With such a Savior we are safe.” -J. Gresham Machen, The Person of Jesus: Radio Addresses on the Deity of the Savior

What Communicable Attributes May or May Not Mean

If we think of God as having some attributes which we also possess, we may conceivably be doing it for one or the other of two reasons. In the first place, we may be doing it because we are making God in our own image. But, in the second place, we may be doing it because God has made us in his image.” -J. Gresham Machen, The Person of Jesus: Radio Addresses on the Deity of the Savior