Notes from the Desk of Tom Nelson

The Incomparable Christ Part XX: The Miracles of Christ

There are 35 if them.  They are called “signs” or “semeion” (in the Greek).  They are signs because they “sign-ify” or signify something.  They signify that God is among us because only God can overrule the creation and make it serve Him.  That is why miracles occur in the Bible in Genesis 1 (and how!) […]

The Incomparable Christ Part XIX: The Kingdom Offer

If you can remember the letters O-R-P, then you have learned the flow of Jesus’ earthly ministry, what He is doing now, and what He will do someday. The “O” stands for “offered”.  The Messiah, the Davidic King offered to Israel the kingdom of God and Himself as their King.  The problem was that the […]

The Incomparable Christ Part XVIII: The Temptation of Christ

It was immediately after Jesus’ baptism that the Holy Spirit led Him into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  The reason was because He had to be morally qualified to be Christ just as He was divinely qualified at His baptism.  To be morally qualified demanded a test, and that is what Satan […]

The Incomparable Christ Part XVII: His Baptism

For thirty years Jesus lived in obscurity.His secrets have become such a popular marvel in today’s society- so popular that today’s music and fashion has been heavily influenced by his life. There have even been pieces of gold jewelry in hip hop fashion such as this Jesus necklace sold online.  No matter what tradition and […]

Tommy’s Reading List- Men’s Conference 2016

History: History for Dummies Church History: Timothy Paul Jones, Christian History Made Easy Bruce Shelley, Church History in Plain Language Justo Gonzalez, The Story of Christianity (Vol. 1) (Vol. 2) Justo Gonzalez, Church History: An Essential Guide  History of Thought: Andrew Hoffecker (edit.), Revolutions in Worldview: Understanding the Flow of Western Thought John Frame, A History […]

The Incomparable Christ XIV: The Spheres in Which He Lived

Most of us struggle enough just living in the day we are in, but how would you like to be a 3 – dimensional man living simultaneously in all three worlds at the same time?  Such was our Lord. First, He lived in the sphere of law. The righteousness that He forged for us through […]

The Incomparable Christ XIII: The Offices of Jesus

What do we mean by the “offices of Christ”?  We are speaking of the roles God gave Him to carry out.  The jobs He has to fill.  They are three. Our Prophet, our Priest, and our King.  There are three areas of society that are crucial.  One is Philosophy.  How do we know what is […]

The Incomparable Christ XII: The Hypostatic Union of God and Man

By 325 A.D. the church had made its statement concerning the full deity of Jesus Christ.  But over the next 125 years the church had to work through its next doctrinal question which was the humanity of Christ.  In what sense was Christ man?  And if He was fully man with a human mind and […]

The Incomparable Christ XI: His Deity

Do you know what the first doctrinal battle was in the Christian church?  It was over whether Christ was God or whether He was a creation of God – the first creation of God – through whom God made the worlds.  Was Christ God or was He just great, the first of all things? The […]

The Incomparable Christ X: The Kenosis

You might be asking “what is the kenosis?”  The word “kenoo” means “to empty” and it is the central word describing the incarnation of our Lord. Paul wrote to the Philippians “Although He existed in the form of God He did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped but “emptied” Himself and […]

The Incomparable Christ IX: His Genealogy

“…who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh…” (Ro. 1:3) “…the Christ, whose son is He?”  They said, “The son of David…” (Matt 22:42) “Remember Jesus Christ risen from the dead, from of the seed of David…” (2 Tim. 2:8) “There shall come the root of Jesse…” (Ro. 15:12) “The beginning […]

The Incomparable Christ VIII: His Virgin Birth

“…conceived of the Holy Spirit born of the Virgin Mary…”  (The Apostles Creed) “…the virgin shall be with child and you shall shall his name Immanuel.”  (Matt. 1:23) Mary said to Gabriel’s pronouncement “how can this be since I am a virgin?” His response?  “Nothing is impossible with God.” Gabriel thought she was a virgin. […]

The Incomparable Christ VII:The Forerunner

  The last book of the Old Testament is Malachi.  The last chapter is chapter four.  The last verses are verses four and five.  They say, “Behold I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord.  He will restore the hearts of the […]

The Incomparable Christ VI: Christ in the Old Testament

“And beginning with Moses and all the prophets He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the scriptures.” “If you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for Moses wrote of Me.” “I did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill the law…” “…the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy…” […]

The Incomparable Christ V: The Eternal Logos

“In the beginning was the Word.  And the Word was with God.  And the Word was God .”-John 1:1 “What was from the beginning . . . the Word of Life . . .”-I John 1:1 “He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called the Word of God.”-Rev. 19:13 […]

The Incomparable Christ IV: The Son of God as Creator

“All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing has come into being that has come into being.” “For by Him all things were created . . .” (Col. 1:16) “. . . yet for us there is but one God the Father from whom are all things, and we exist for […]

The Incomparable Christ III: His Creation of the Angelic Realm

God’s eternal plan is that of redemption whereby He will reveal His full nature and bestow His grace in order to elevate His chosen to His eternal fellowship.  His only begotten shall populate eternity with a multitude of His adopted sons and daughters.  Amazing! But redemption presupposes sin and slavery to be redeemed from.  Sin […]

The Incomparable Christ II: His Purpose in the Divine Decree

“God . . . hath chosen us in Him before the foundations of the world . . . Eph. 1:4 “. . . grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.”  2 Tim. 1:9 “all the Father hath given to me shall come to me”  John 6:39 “Thus says the Lord who […]