Christology

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. Colossians 1:15

Christology is an area of enquiry that deals with the identity of Jesus Christ, more specifically the relationship between his human and divine natures and His pre-existance and oneness with the Father. For example, people who believe that Jesus was just a man would have what is called a 'low christological view', while those who believe from reading John’s prologue (for example) that he is God incarnate, have a high christological view. The orthodox Anglican, the Catholic church and most charismatic denominations for example, have a high christological view. I.e. that Christ was the Son of God, the face of the Father and God incarnate. 

From the scriptures, it is extremely difficult to have a low Christological view and at the same time a lively, spirited experience to ones faith. This is because the deity of Christ is the same Spirit of God that is the conduit for hearing the Father through the activity of the Holy Spirit in our lives. 

Faith’s with a low Christology include followers of Arianism, the Ebionites and in modern times Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons and Christian Science movements. As a result these faiths are seen as heresy by the orthodox church and modern charismatic and evangelistic denominations.

Ancient diagram to illustrate Trinity (click to go to Trinity page)


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