Saturday, April 10, 2010

Cheung on Christ's Exaltation

Mormon Temple

Mecca (Islam)

So much of what I study when preparing sermons doesn't make it to the pulpit. There's just too much and I already go long enough (my son informed me I preached for 40 minutes last Sunday, thanks to his new watch- come on, it was Easter son!).

Here's a hard-hitting gem from Vincent Cheung
where he is commenting on the progression of Philippians 2 starting with Jesus in eternity, then becoming man, submitting himself to humiliation and death, but ultimately rising and being exalted and worshiped by all.

Because of Christ's willing sacrifice and submission, God exalted him to the highest place, so that all must worship him. But was not Christ God to begin with? Yes, but now we are referring to his state of incarnation, since we know that Christ has retained his human attributes in his resurrection. All must bow to him, and this includes all the false gods and false prophets in the non-Christian religions. Mohammed and Joseph Smith are now forced to bow to Jesus Christ from their place in hell, in the midst of their extreme agony – not as sincere worshipers, of course, but as the defeated enemies of Christ – even as their deceived followers think that these false prophets can lead them to heaven. As Peter writes, "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time" (1 Peter 5:6). If you will humble yourself under God, he will lift you up, although he will do that according to his time and his plan.

4 comments:

Rick Calohan said...

In age of relativism where absolutes are ignored in a feel good approach to one’s salvation based on statistical data alone would conclude that 67% of the world’s population do not proclaim Christ as their path to salvation.

Within Christianity doctrinal differences aside, one could conclude that perhaps the same percentage if not higher do not believe that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

Mankind in his own state is fallen apart from Christ. Man is too prideful, too boastful, and too assured in himself to acknowledge what God has revealed in His Holy Word.

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

Mormonism teaches the law of progression which is:

As man is, God once was,
and as God is, man may become.

Islam denies all the essentials of Christianity though they speak highly of Isa the Isa of the Koran is not the Jesus of the Bible.

Here is what their Koran says about Jesus

Son of God

Isa is not the Son of God, just a prophet
Surah 4:171; 9:30; 10:68; 17:111; 18:4; 19:35, 88

Deity

Isa is just a man, not God.
Surah 5:17, 75, 116; 23:24

Cross

Isa did not die on a cross, but a phantom (perhaps Judas) was killed in his place.
Surah 4:157; 3:55

Purpose

Isa came to deliver message of prophets before him. Muhammad and Isa came to give the message to Islam.
Surah 2:136; 3:84; 42:13; 5:46

Allah is the name of a false god who cannot save you from anything!

Roger Mann said...

I highly recommend Vincent Cheung's theological, philosophical, and expository works. He has a great gift for taking complex subjects and explaining them in a clear, precise manner. While some may not like his blunt style and theological confidence, I find it a breath of fresh air in today's wishy-washy theological climate. His Systematic Theology, Ultimate Questions, and Presuppositional Confrontations are well worth the read, and can be found free online at VincentCheung.com under the Library link.

Reepicheep said...

I agree Roger. I have enjoyed everything I have read by Cheung so far.

Woody Woodward said...

Never heard of Cheung before!