QUESTION: THE VERBUM INCARNATUM ON THE JERUSALEM STREET IS THE SAME WITH THE LOGOS OF FAITH. DISCUSS?
JOSEPH ONYENWMADU O. CHIBUOGWU
COURSE TITLE: THE QUEST FOR HISTORICAL JESUS.
DATE: MAY, 2016
It is worthy of note that the first four centuries of the life of the Church was nearly marred by the Christological heresies. Argument about the person and work of Jesus Christ. Arguments abound concerning the Historicity of the Christian religion, while many has maintained that Jesus had not intended a development of faith from his teachings, the quest to identify the historical Jesus and differentiate between the Jesus of history and the Jesus of faith is going on. One of those devastating heresies called Docetism appeared in the time of John the beloved, propounded by the Marcions and the Gnostics, a teaching that denied the human nature of Jesus Christ claiming that the body is matter and matter is evil, so that the body was just a “Phantom” a body merely given a human appearance in nature but not necessarily human, because they believe that God cannot associate with evil. So John wrote in his first epistle that “every Spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God” 1John 4:3.
The Jesus of History is the Jesus of the Historical Quests which is by now is on the 3rd stage. The Christ of Faith is the Christ of the Christian belief. To have any sort of separation between the two is like having a separation between the WORD and the CHRIST contrary to the Christian faith that was in the beginning with God as mentioned by John in John 1:2, 14. One cannot separate Jesus from Christ or try to successfully explain the distinction in the Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith. The Church acknowledges Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God who lived, died and rose again Matt.16:16, He is the Jesus of Nazareth.