God With Us: Knowing the Mystery of Who Jesus Is

Article by   March 2008

"Who do you say that I am?" is the most important question Jesus ever posed to his disciples and it remains to this day the most important question that anyone can answer. Daniel R. Hyde, Pastor of Oceanside United Reformed Church, provides an answer to this question in God With Us by asserting and proving that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully man--two natures in one person without confusion, without change, without division, without separation.

Hyde brings many qualities to God With Us which make it commendable. He writes in a user-friendly manner explaining the mysterious and profound doctrine of the person of Jesus Christ in clear and simple language. He is biblical, basing all of his discussion on the sure foundation of Scripture. He is confessional, allowing the voices of the Reformed Confessions and Catechisms (Belgic, Heidelberg, Westminster, and Dort) to be heard. He is historical, contrasting the orthodox view of Jesus with the heretical views of Jesus that arose during the first five centuries of the church and by quoting the early church fathers at length. He is applicable, drawing out the implications and importance of this mysterious doctrine. He is doxological, calling us into worship and wonder of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. He is redemptive-historical, arguing that the incarnation is the climax of the Bible's story and approaching the issue of Jesus' divinity from a redemptive-historical point of view. Finally, Hyde is evangelistic, providing readers with the knowledge and tools in order to reach-out to the Muslim world with their false view of Christ.

God With Us is a helpful volume for ordinands preparing for exams, for fathers working to bring their children up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, for elders teaching the flock of God bought with the precious blood of Christ, and for any believer wishing to know their Savior better in order to love and worship Him with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Daniel Hyde / Reformation Heritage, 2007  
Review by Brad Irick, Master of Divinity Student, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS

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