"Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ."
The humanity of Christ is bound up in a truth theologians call “the hypostatic union.” By His earthly incarnation, Jesus is one person with two natures: divine and human. The human nature of Christ is affirmed by His virgin birth, by the testimony of John 1 that God became flesh, by many other witnesses in Scripture, and by the minimum of 34 titles specific to His humanity. But beyond just the theological fact of Christ’s humanity, much of the believer’s hope is grounded in Jesus the Man. For example, only Jesus the Man could fulfill the first prophecy of a Savior to crush Satan (Genesis 3:15). Jesus must be human to act in the roles of prophet, priest, and king for all who belong to Him. A perfect sinless human being can only be a sufficient substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of humanity. Jesus demonstrated perfectly as a man how to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. And only Jesus the Man could prove that a human being may be resurrected by the power of God, thus giving Christians certain hope that we too can follow Him safely to death and resurrection.
We are thankful for our guest speakers who make this yearly event full of rich and biblical truths.
We live in an age and culture that makes us want to question everything and not believe that truth is immovable. It's no wonder the Apostle Paul warned us, "Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable." (1 Corinthians 15:58)
"Beloved, Be ye STEADFAST in the doctrines of the gospel. Know what you know, and knowing, cling to it."
Charles H. Spurgeon
British 19th century "Prince of Preachers"
This word STEADFAST is crucial in Scriptures and occurs dozens of times, warning us and encouraging believers to be strong in our faith. We know as Christians we are called to be different from our culture, and it is by standing upon God's Word that we are strengthened.
"Continue STEADFAST and unmovable in the profession of [your] faith"
Great American 18th Century Preacher
"...Continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven."
The Apostle Paul
Colossians 1:23 (ESV)