The Person of Christ: An Introduction – Stephen J. Wellum

Stephen J. Wellum, The Person of Christ: An Introduction (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2021), 206 pp.

The Person of Christ: An Introduction by Stephen J. Wellum is the most recent installment in The Short Studies in Systematic Theology (Crossway Books). Dr. Wellum’s goal is to call the church back to the glory of Christ by recovering the centrality of Christ. He argues:

The life and health of the church depends on a correct Christology, rooted and grounded in an accurate theology proper – yet not merely a Christology confessed but one that leads us to faith, trust, and confidence in our Lord Jesus and to an entire life lied in adoration, praise, and obedience to the triune God.

The author presents his case for a robust and Bible-centered Christology in three parts. First, he lays a strong biblical foundation. Second, he establishes a strong theological formulation by focusing on how the doctrine of Christology developed in early church history. Readers will be encouraged to see the depth and precision of the church fathers as they hammered out concise statements that concerned the person and work of Christ. Finally, the author presents a theological summary, namely – the orthodox identity of the Lord Jesus Christ.

There is much to meditate on here. The uninitiated may be overwhelmed by the depth of material but will find that perseverance pays off in the end. Readers who have studied Christology will certainly benefit from this excellent book and will no doubt turn back to Wellum’s excellent treatment of a very important subject.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.

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