During last month’s Ligonier’s national conference in Orlando, Dr. Stephen Nichols along with Dr. R.C. Sproul unveiled a little booklet on the Person and work of Jesus Christ. The WORD Became FLESH is Ligonier’s statement on Christology.
The Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms defines the term Christology as:
The theological study devoted to answering two main questions: Who is Jesus? (the question of His identity) and What is the nature and significance of what Jesus accomplished in the incarnation? (the question of His work). (25)
It is imperative today that those who name the Name of Christ be able to articulate what they believe and don’t believe concerning the Son of God. Sproul writes in this booklet:
No professing Christian lacks a Christology. Since following Christ is central to Christianity, the church has labored for centuries to proclaim the Christ of history and Scripture, not the Christ of our imaginations. In such historic statements of faith such as the Nicene Creed, the Definition of Chalcedon, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Westminster Confession, Christians have articulated the biblical teaching on Christ.
Today these statements are often neglected and misunderstood, resulting in widespread confusion regarding the person and work of Christ. For the glory of Christ and the edification of His people, the Ligonier Statement on Christology seeks to encapsulate the historic, orthodox, biblical Christology of the Christian church in a form that is simple to confess, useful to help teach the church’s enduring faith, and able to serve as a common confession around which believers from different churches can rally for mission together. This statement is not a replacement for the church’s historic creeds and confessions but a supplement that articulates their collective teaching on who Christ is and what He has done.
I would recommend that every Christian schedule 30-minutes to sit down and watch the conference session video. Additionally, pull up the statement, which is accessible in its entirety here.
The twenty-five articles of affirmation and denial “are gateways into a study of Christology, inviting exploration of the richness of the biblical teaching on the Person and work of Christ” (22).
VIDEO: Stephen Nichols and R.C. Sproul on The Ligonier Statement on Christology
May these truths resonate with you—as they affirm what the Holy Scriptures proclaim concerning the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.
“So we believe. So we confess” (25).