Christology

That branch of theological study that deals with the person, attributes, and mission of Jesus Christ. The Greek word Christos ,”Christ,” was originally a title, equivalent to the Hebrew Mash"ach , “Messiah,” but came to be used as a name, or surname, of Jesus. Hence, while Christology might be expected to deal more specifically with Jesus’ Messiahship, in actual use it includes every phase of His person and work. Seventh-day Adventists hold that “forever truly God, [Jesus] became also truly man. . . . He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived and experienced temptation as a human being, but perfectly exemplified the righteousness and love of God” ( Church Manual [1990], p. 24). The role of Jesus Christ is suggested by the title “Lord,” whic...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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