Let me say this up front. I love writing all the different posts on this site. It is a way for me to study and share with others. But this post was even more exciting than usual. Now for some of you what I’m about to say will not matter (feel free to forget it after you read it, or skip the italics part, and just move to the actually meat of the article), but for those who deal much with the world of religious scholarly opinion this might interest you like it does me.
In the world of scholarly opinion Christology (what does the Bible say about Christ?) is under attack. Liberal Scholars want to claim that a high view of Christ developed over time. That Christians did not original see Christ as exalted as we do now. Normally they argue that it was added later by the Gospels and especially by John in his writings. Here is what I love about 1 Thessalonians, it is our oldest book and explains a very high view of Christ. It teaches all the fundamentals of a Christian worldview concerning Jesus. It teaches His deity. It teaches His death on our behalf. It teaches His resurrection. It teaches salvation is connected with Him and it teaches that He is going to return at the summation of history. What is my point? My point is that the high view of Christ that the church now holds did not develop, but rather was there from the very origins of the Christian faith!