About This Course
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (I John 1:1,14).
Jesus is God. He was also man. Most people admit His humanity, but how many understand His divinity? Jesus was not just another figure in human history. He was the only begotten Son of God.
This course is a study of the deity of Christ. The central textbook is the Bible, not tradition. While a study of this kind entails a look at some of the life and teaching of Christ in the four gospel accounts, it is not a general class in either of these areas. Our focus is explaining, affirming, and defending the fact that He is the Son of God. Each week the online class will have reading, audio discussion, and a quiz over specific aspects of this subject.
This course is offered each school term and may be taken for college credit or audited. See the College Academic Calendar for start dates.
What You Will Learn
The three parts of this ten-week course are:
1. The Meaning of His Deity. These lessons deal with passages in the Bible that either directly state or imply that Jesus is deity. His pre-incarnate state and also the union of the divine and human natures in His incarnation will be discussed from the Scriptures. The latter topic is one of the more practical parts of the course in that it explains verses that show He felt as a man what we feel.
2. Proofs of His Deity. How do we know Jesus is the Son of God? This is the Christian evidence or apologetic part of the course. Christians should be able to point to logical proof (I Pet. 3:15). The deity of Christ is one of the three main pillars of Christianity, the other two being the existence of God and the inspiration of the Bible. This section of the course will present in basic form some of this evidence.
3. A Defense of His Deity. Atheists and skeptics are not the only ones who reject the divinity of Christ. Several religions deny or distort this biblical doctrine. We will look at what these groups say about Christ in contrast with the Bible. The understanding gained in this phase of the class will equip us with the knowledge we need to teach those in these religions in hope of converting them.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).