Theology is the study of God, but theology is dangerous. We make the dogmatic statements based on what we read in the Scriptures, what experience in life, and what we learn from others. However, JESUS CHANGES EVERYTHING!

How does Jesus change everything? Consider the following:

  1. God is a spirit (Jn 4:24).

Paul Enns writes, “God is spirit (not a spirit) who does not have corporeity or physical form. A body localizes, but God as spirit is everywhere, he cannot be limited. Although God does not have a body, he is nonetheless as substance but not material.”[1] Elmer Towns writes, “God is a real Being who does not exist in or through a physical body.”[2]

Jesus changes everything! The Bible shows Jesus after the resurrection as having a body. What scholar N.T. Wright calls transphysicality.[3]

“For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” (Lk 24:39).

“who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.” (Phil 3:21).

  • God is Holy

John S. Feinberg summarizes the Biblical use of Holiness in this way:

As these  Hebrew (qōdeš, qādaš, and ḥasȋd) and Greek  (hagiazō and hagios) terms are used of God, Scripture offers a two-fold picture of divine holiness. On the one hand, God is holy in that he is distinct or separate from everything else…The second sense in which God is separate or set apart from everything is in his moral purity and perfection, the concept we most often associate with divine holiness.[4]

Jesus changes everything! The Bible paints Jesus as becoming like us in the incarnation (Jn 1:1-4). Paul says that Jesus became sin (2 Cor 5:21). Furthermore, Jesus does not set himself apart as the foot washing scene demonstrates (Jn 13:1-17).

These are only two of the many ways that the person of Jesus challenges our perception of who God is. There are many more and I encourage you to not sit and just swallow what you have been told and taught, but to prayerfully examine the Word of God. Feel free to comment on what I have written with your thoughts and opinions. Furthermore, check out my new weekly Bible study video series on you tube called GodForward.

Enns, P.P. The Moody Handbook of Theology: Moody Publishers, 2014.

Feinberg, J.S. and H.O.J. Brown. No One Like Him: The Doctrine of God: Crossway, 2006.

Towns, E.L. Theology for Today: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2001.

Wright, N.T. The Resurrection of the Son of God: Fortress Press, 2003.

[1] P.P. Enns, The Moody Handbook of Theology (Moody Publishers, 2014), 194.

[2] E.L. Towns, Theology for Today (Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2001), 98.

[3] N.T. Wright, The Resurrection of the Son of God (Fortress Press, 2003).

[4] J.S. Feinberg and H.O.J. Brown, No One Like Him: The Doctrine of God (Crossway, 2006), 340,342.