The Message of the Person of Christ Published By IVP UK
The Message of the Person of Christ
  • Length: 256 pages
  • Published: May 08, 2020
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-1-8447-4926-3
  • Item Code: P74926
  • Case Quantity: 10
  • Preaching's Preacher's Guide to the Best Bible Reference for 2014 (Theology)

From the earliest pages of the Old Testament, the person of Jesus Christ is the key to the biblical story of God's unfolding plan to glorify himself in the salvation of the human race from sin, misery and death. As the plot gathers pace, the picture comes into greater focus, until eventually all points to one person. He is identified by angels, by John the Baptist, by the apostles and—above all—by his incarnation, life and works, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. He is Jesus Christ, the Deliverer and Savior foretold and promised throughout.

Robert Letham's purpose is to show how the Bible, progressively and in ever-greater detail, speaks to us of its central figure, Jesus Christ. With clarity and conviction, he expounds a range of key Old and New Testament texts from Genesis to Revelation and investigates the main scriptural themes, focusing on the narrative that traces the emergence of God's plan. In doing so, he stands with the Christian church down the ages in affirming that this is the key to understanding what the Bible, in its essential unity, is all about.

"Letham has served the church well by assembling the various texts of Scripture, and by approaching them in faith he has gone a long way toward showing forth the inestimable greatness of our Savior. This book would serve those who are new to the faith as well as the mature in furthering their knowledge of the Redeemer."

New Horizons, May 2014

"Letham's book will be a useful resource for Christians, theology students, and church leaders."

Adam Harwood, Journal for Baptist Theology and Mission, Spring 2017, 14(1)


General preface
Author's preface
Select bibliography

Prologue: Man as the image of God (Genesis 1:26-28)

Part 1: Christ promised
1. The offspring of the woman (Genesis 3:15)
2. The seed of Abraham (Genesis 12)
3. The son of David (2 Samuel 7)
4. The great king (Isaiah 9:6-7)
5. The Servant of the Lord (Isaiah 41--50)
6. The Servant of the Lord (2) (Isaiah 52:13--53:12)

Part 2: Christ incarnate
7. Birth announcement (Luke 1:26f.)
8. Growth and development (Luke 2:41-52)
9. Baptism (Matthew 3:13-17)
10. Human experience (Hebrews 2:10-18)
11. The deity of Christ (John 1:1-5)
12. The Word became flesh (John 1:14-18)
13. The supremacy of the Son (Hebrews 1:1-14)
14. Suffering Servant (Philippians 2:6-7)

Part 3: Christ crucified
15. Jesus rejected and crucified (Matthew 26:57--27:44)
16. The death of Jesus (Matthew 27:45-56)
17. The burial of Jesus (Matthew 27:57-66)

Part 4: Christ risen
18. The empty tomb (Matthew 28:1-15)
19. The resurrection appearances (Luke 24:13-39)
20. Paul on Christ?s resurrection (1 Corinthians 15)

Part 5: Christ ascended
21. The ascension (Luke 25:50-51; Acts 1:6-11)
22. Head of creation, head of the church (Colossians 1:15-20)
23. Everlasting ruler of the renewed cosmos (Hebrews 2:5-9)
24. The Living One (Revelation 1:9-20)

Appendix: Did the church get it wrong? Who is Jesus Christ? From Nicaea (AD 325) to Constantinople II (AD 553)

Study Guide

Robert Letham (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen), formerly senior minister of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, Wilmington, Delaware, teaches at Wales Evangelical School of Theology and continues as visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., and adjunct professor of systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. He is the author of a number of books, including The Work of Christ (InterVarsity Press, 1993), The Lord's Supper (2001) and The Holy Trinity (2004) (both Presbyterian & Reformed), and Through Western Eyes (Mentor, 2007).

BY Robert Letham