Home > Crossway Blog > Deity of Christ Category

Archive for the ‘Deity of Christ’ Category

Free Study Guide for Begg & Ferguson’s Name above All Names

Name Above All Names Study Guide CoverWe’re pleased to share with you this study guide companion to Name Above All Names by Alistair Begg and Sinclair Ferguson, put together by our friends at Truth for Life.

Containing seven sessions to help you study the Bible’s multi-faceted portrayal of Christ’s identity and ministry, this study guide can be used for small groups or personal reflection alongside Name Above All Names. Each session includes four parts:

  1. Getting Started – a quote from the book with an introductory question
  2. Key Scriptures – key Bible verses referenced in the chapter
  3. Going Deeper – questions to help you process the main ideas of the chapter
  4. Giving Praise – a poem, hymn, or verse that can be committed to memory and incorporated in worship.

The opening words of Name above All Names summarize the impetus behind this book and study guide which we commend to you:

Jesus Christ has been given the name above all names. The names
assigned to him begin in Genesis and end in Revelation. Taken together
they express the incomparable character of Jesus Christ our Savior and
Lord. Reflecting on them better prepares us to respond to the exhortations
of Scripture, to focus our gaze upon him, and to meditate on how great he is.

Download the Study Guide

Learn more about Name Above All Names



Weekly Ebook Deals: Looking To Jesus

Jesus has been given the name above all names, the highest seat of honor, the right to reign and rule. He is the most important person we could ever know.

In honor of this week’s featured new release, Name above All Names, we’ve discounted several digital resources on the life and work of Christ.

To learn more about each book, click on the covers below to find them at Crossway.org. You’ll also find the discounted ebooks at their reduced prices on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bookshout, Christianbook.com, eChristian, ibooks (apple), Vyrso, or your participating independent bookstore’s site. Discounted prices available through 6/3/2013.*

Featured New Release

Name above all Names

Name above All Names

By Alistair Begg and Sinclair B. Ferguson


Jesus is the most important person in the life of the Christian. In this stimulating book, Begg and Ferguson explore the Bible’s teaching on seven key attributes of Jesus’s life and ministry, from Genesis to Revelation.

Learn More | Preview an Excerpt

Discounted Ebooks:

The Man Christ Jesus

The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ

By Bruce A. Ware

$12.99 $5.99

Jesus faced all the challenges that we face as humans, and yet he remained faithful to his Father through the power of the Holy Spirit. Ware helps us to explore Christ’s nature and to learn, through the same Spirit, to follow in His steps.

The Promised One

The Promised One: Seeing Jesus in Genesis

By Nancy Guthrie

$12.99 $5.99

This ten-week study helps readers understand the book of Genesis through a christological, redemptive-historical lens. Book 1 in the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament series.


Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus

By D. A. Carson

$12.99 $3.99

Exposition of five passages of Scripture examines the historicity and theological significance of the cross. Carson’s addition to the Re:Lit series preserves weighty theology while also exploring the irony and strangeness of the cross.

Vintage Jesus

Vintage Jesus: Timeless Answers to Timely Questions

By Mark Driscoll & Gerry Breshears

$12.99 $3.99

Some two thousand years after he walked the earth, Jesus Christ is still a hot topic. Conspiracy theories and lies about him have permeated popular culture in recent years, causing many to ask, What is the truth about Jesus? This popular-level book answers that question in a relevant, accessible way.

Discovering Jesus

Discovering Jesus: Why Four Gospels to Portray One Person?

By T. D. Alexander

$9.99 $2.99

Who is Jesus Christ in each of the four canonical Gospels? This introductory guide helps readers understand why we have four Gospels and what each teaches about the nature and ministry of Jesus Christ.

Happy reading!

*Note: Some discounts may be unavailable outside the United States due to international rights agreements.

May 28, 2013 | Posted in: Death of Christ,Deity of Christ,Digital,Person of Christ,Publishing | Author: Ted Cockle @ 3:01 pm | 0 Comments »

Guest Post: Keeping Christmas with Martin Luther

Martin Luther loved a good paradox. In the fall of 1520, he was a very busy man. He received the Papal Bull entitled “Exsurge, Domine,” which means “Arise, O Lord.” It called on Luther to recant. Instead, Luther had a big bonfire and burned it. He was also writing his Three Treatises, among them being The Freedom of a Christian (sometimes called On Christian Liberty). In this work Luther declares, in a paradox:

A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none.
A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant to all, subject to all.

Luther also returned again and again to the paradox Christ spoke of in the gospels that whoever holds on to his life will lose it, while the one who loses his life for Christ’s sake will indeed find it (Matt. 16:25). Luther even ends the 95 Theses with a paradox involving false teachers who promise peace versus those teachers who preach the cross. But the paradox that seemed to captivate him the most was that of the first Christmas morn. The infinite God of the universe became an infant. The incarnation was for Luther like it was for Mary, an occasion to ponder all these things in his heart (Luke 2:19).

Everything about the birth of Christ struck Luther as a paradox of sorts. Mary, though poor and rather socially “insignificant,” was chosen. Bethlehem, “The City of David,” belonged to Christ, but there was no room for him to be found anywhere in it. The announcement of Christ’s birth came not to the noble and elite, as we might expect, but to the shepherds. Luther explores all of these paradoxes in his sermon on Christmas Day, 1530. “Is it not strange,” he asks, “that the birth of Christ occurs in cold winter, in a strange land, and in such a poor and despicable manner?” And he adds, “How could God have shown his goodness in a more sublime manner than by humbling himself to partake of flesh and blood?” This is the paradox that rather gloriously confounds us all: God became human.

The announcement from the angels that night was one that was a long time coming. The first peals of it were heard in a garden, the Garden of Eden. A seed, promised, would come to reconcile a fallen and sinful humanity to a holy and righteous God. And then the promise echoes through the Scriptures. Abraham and Sarah heard it. Naomi heard it. David, Naomi’s great-great grandson by marriage, heard it. And the shepherds were the first to hear of the fulfillment: A child has been born in David’s city who is our redeemer.

Salvation comes in and by and through an infant Son. This is more than a paradox, this is a miracle.  And this miracle is the joy of the gospel and the true joy of Christmas. As Luther asks, “How is it possible for man to hear of greater joy?”

Guest post by Stephen J. Nichols, illustration by Ned Bustard.

Looking for a great Christmas idea that will help you teach your kids about church history? Be sure to check out Church History ABCs: Augustine and 25 Other Heros of the Faith, written by Stephen J. Nichols and illustrated by Ned Bustard.


December 3, 2012 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Books,Children,Christmas,Deity of Christ,Holidays,Life & Doctrine,The Christian Life | Author: Crossway Author @ 8:00 am | 0 Comments »

Video: Dr. Bruce Ware Answers Questions About “The Man Christ Jesus”

Have you ever struggled to understand and explain the biblical truth that Jesus is both fully man and fully God?

If so, you’re not alone—this is a question that Christians have wrestled with for thousands of years. Whether you’re trying to grasp this doctrine or just need to take a few minutes to rejoice in the wonder of the Incarnation, tune in to this discussion between Bruce Ware, author of The Man Christ Jesus, and Dane Ortlund, Bible Publishing Director at Crossway, as they discuss Jesus Christ, God made flesh.


00:30: What drove you (Bruce Ware) to write this book?

01:50: You start the book with a discussion of Philippians 2. Why did you choose to reference Philippians?  Help us especially understand what it means when Paul says that Jesus “emptied himself” and became a servant.

03:57: When I (Dane Ortlund) think about the supernatural things Jesus did, my default mode is to think that Jesus is “falling back on his deity.” Help us understand the way you deconstruct and provide a corrective to that logic.

06:23: You have a chapter in the book that discusses Christ’s impeccability. What does it mean that Jesus was impeccable and how does that connect to his humanity? What does that mean for believers today?

09:25: Why did Jesus have to come as a man and not a woman?

11:43: What would you say to a woman who says to you, “Ok Dr. Ware, Jesus came as a male. Is it not true then that Jesus doesn’t really understand me as a woman?”

14:00: Why did Jesus have to come and be a man to save us? I can understand why only God could save me, but why did the second person of the trinity also need to become fully human and, it seems, do what Psalm 49 says can’t be done?

18:13: Is Jesus still a man today?

20:08: Why is knowing that Jesus’s incarnation is not a “parenthesis” cause for worship?

Interested in learning more about The Man Christ Jesus? Click here for more information


Why God Came Into the World

by Francis Schaeffer published in Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

Why did God come into this world? Only the scriptural answer will suffice: the second person of the Trinity has been born because he loves the world. But why did he come this way, as a little baby? Why did he choose to lie in a manger and be cared for by a human mother, with the sweetness but the utter weakness of a newborn babe? He came this way because he came to meet the central need of men.

  • He did not come to overthrow the Romans, though a lot of the Jews would have loved that. If he had, he would have come riding on a great conquering steed.
  • The central reason he came was not to raise the living standards of the world. Surely if modern man were going to vote on the way he would like a messiah to appear, he would want him loaded down with moneybags from heaven.
  • He did not come primarily to teach and relieve ignorance—perhaps then he would have come laden with books.

An angel had revealed to Joseph the primary task for which he came: “Thou shalt call his name Jesus; for he shall save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). He is here to cut the nerve of man’s real dilemma, to solve the problem from which all other problems flow. Man is a sinner who needs an overwhelming love. Jesus has come to save his people from their sins.

Selected excerpt from Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus.