God the Son Incarnate: The Doctrine of Christ
God the Son Incarnate: The Doctrine of Christ
Nothing is more important than what a person believes about Jesus Christ. To understand Christ correctly is to understand the very heart of God, Scripture, and the gospel. To get to the core of this belief, this latest volume in the Foundations of Evangelical Theology series lays out a systematic summary of Christology from philosophical, biblical, and historical perspectives—concluding that Jesus Christ is God the Son incarnate, both fully divine and fully human. Readers will learn to better know, love, trust, and obey Christ—unashamed to proclaim him as the only Lord and Savior.
Part of the Foundations of Evangelical Theology series.
"Wellum’s treatment of this glorious subject is comprehensive in scope and is marked by precision, clarity, biblical fidelity, and a close acquaintance with the centuries of discussion surrounding it. It is the most helpful book on Christology I’ve read, and it is a pleasure to commend it to you!"
Fred G. Zaspel, Pastor, Reformed Baptist Church, Franconia, Pennsylvania; author, The Theology of B. B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary and Warfield on the Christian Life: Living in Light of the Gospel
“Exploring our Lord’s person and work from a variety of angles, Wellum engages a wide range of issues and conversation partners. Consolidating the gains of evangelical Christological reflection, this volume makes gains of its own, particularly by wrestling clearly and carefully with contemporary trends in biblical studies as well as philosophical, systematic, and historical theology.”
Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California; author, Justification (New Studies in Dogmatics)
"This is a clear, comprehensive, and compelling study. It shows Christology to be like a fabric made up of many threads all tightly woven together, a doctrine with presuppositions, connections, and consequences for the age in which we live. This doctrine is here seen in its wholeness, and that is what makes this study so theologically wholesome. It is fresh and excellent."
David F. Wells, Senior Distinguished Research Professor of Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
"In lucid prose, Wellum lays out the contours of a responsible Christology by tracing the arguments of the New Testament through the determinative early centuries of the Christian church, using such discussion as the jumping-off point for broader theological reflection. This is now the handbook to give to theology students and other Christians who want to understand how confessional orthodoxy regarding the doctrine of Christ developed. Highly recommended."
D. A. Carson, Emeritus Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Cofounder, The Gospel Coalition
"How does the church construct its doctrine of Jesus Christ? Biblicism collects the many verses about Christ and develops a doctrine about his person and work without an overarching framework. Liberalism seeks to paint a nontraditional portrait of Jesus in order to engage with some contemporary issue or to promote a specific political agenda. Experientialism picks and chooses concepts about Jesus that conform to and confirm its idyllic vision of him. Wellum rejects these approaches and offers the church a Christology that is at once biblical, historically grounded, philosophically astute, theologically robust, covenantal, canonical, confessional, and devotional. Often as I read God the Son Incarnate, I had to pause to worship the God-man presented in its pages. This book is absolutely brilliant!"
Gregg R. Allison, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Elder, Sojourn Community Church; author, Sojourners and Strangers; Roman Catholic Theology and Practice; and Historical Theology
"God the Son Incarnate is a masterful work written by one of evangelicalism’s finest theologians. In this substantial, perceptive, and faithful volume, the doctrine of Christ is ably situated in the biblical story, grounded in biblical theology, related to the historical and contemporary context, and synthesized via systematic theology. The result is that pastors, students, and church leaders alike will mature in their understanding and appreciation of Jesus’s life, deity, humanity, unity, and identity."
Christopher W. Morgan, Dean and Professor of Theology, California Baptist University; editor, Theology in Community series; coeditor, ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible
"Good theology depends on good methodology, and here Wellum is second to none. After establishing a philosophical backdrop, Wellum employs exegesis, biblical theology, and historical theology to draw out systematic conclusions that apply Scripture to life. And all our doctrine, he observes, prepares us for Christology or is inferred from it. The theology and life of the church makes sense only when centered on Christ, who is God the Son incarnate, the fulfillment of divine desire and the hope of humanity. Working through these pages, the word that kept occurring to me was 'masterful.' If you only have time for one Christology, start here. I commend it without reservation."
Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director, 9Marks; author, The Rule of Love
Table of Contents:
Part One: Epistemological Warrant for Christology Today
Introduction to Part I
Chapter 1: Contemporary Christology
Chapter 2: "Biblical" Epistemology for Christology
Summary of Part I
Part Two: Biblical Warrant for Christology Today
Introduction to Part II
Chapter 3: The Authoritative Structure of the Biblical Storyline
Chapter 4: The Identity of Jesus from the Storyline of Scripture
Chapter 5: The Deity of Christ: God the Son from Eternity
Chapter 6: The Humanity of Christ: God the Son Incarnate
Summary of Part II
Part Three: Ecclesiological Warrant for Christology Today
Introduction to Part III
Chapter 7: Ante-Nicene Christology: The Need for Orthodoxy
Chapter 8: Christology from Nicaea to Chalcedon: The Emergence of Orthodoxy
Chapter 9: Post-Chalcedonian Christology: The Establishment of Orthodoxy
Summary of Part III
Part Four: A Warranted Christology for Today
Introduction to Part IV
Chapter 10: Contemporary Challenges to Orthodox Christology:Kenoticism—A Middle Way?
Chapter 11: Evangelical Christology and Kenotic Influences
Chapter 12: Evangelicals and Kenotic Christologies: A "New" and "Better" Way?
Chapter 13: Christological Formulation: The Orthodox Identity of Jesus Christ
Chapter 14: Defending the Theology of God the Son Incarnate