Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Lord Jesus Christ (i)

This we believe


9. The Lord Jesus Christ (i)

Luke 4:16-32; John 7:25-46; Mark 10:32-45
Last week we learned that no-one can be saved from the misery and consequences of sin,
except by our Lord Jesus Christ. But who is He?? There are 3 fundamental points to

3 Offices

·  Adam, when sinless, was a prophet, priest and king to God’s creation
·  These 3 offices were prominent in the Old Testament, but all three were never found
again in one person
·  The Last Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ, exercises all three:

·  On earth:
-  As Prophet He spoke through all the prophets, and came Himself as God’s final
revelation to men (1 Peter 1:10-12; Hebrews 1:1-2)
-  As Priest He made the one final and sufficient sacrifice for the sins of His people
(Hebrews 9:11-12; 10:14)
-  As King He held together the world He had made, and often displayed this
kingship (Colossians 1:17; Mark 4:35-41)

·  In heaven:
-  As Prophet He sends His Spirit to lead His people into the truth (John 16:7,13)
-  As Priest He applies the benefits of His sacrifice to His people, and intercedes for
them (1 Thessalonians 1:4-10; Hebrews 7:25)
-  As King He exercises all authority in heaven and earth, subduing sinners to
Himself, ruling and defending his church, and hastening the end when all His
enemies will be put down. (Matthew 28:18-20; John 14:7-11; Ephesians 4:15;
John 10:27-20; 2 Timothy 4:18; 1 Corinthians 15:25)

2 Natures

The Lord Jesus Christ is God
·  His life did not begin when he was born (John 8:58)
·  He is given divine titles (Isaiah 40:3; John 1:19-34; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 5:20)
·  He has divine attributes (Isaiah 44:6; Revelation 22:13)
·  He does divine works (John 1:3,10; Colossians 1:16-17)
·  He is given divine worship (Hebrews 1:8; John 20:26-29; Revelation 5)

The Lord Jesus Christ is Man
·  He became man without ceasing to be God (John 1:1-3,14; 1 John 1:1-3)
·  He was born of a human mother (Luke 2:6-7; Galatians 4:4)
·  He was revealed in human form (Philippians 2:7-8; Romans 8:3)
·  He had a body, soul, will and affections (Hebrews 2:14-17; Matthew 26:38-39)
·  He knew tiredness, thirst, tears (John 4:6-7; 11:35)
·  He shared fully in our experiences, except that He never sinned (Hebrews 4:15)
·  He endured bodily suffering, and died (1 Peter 4:1; 3:18)
·  He remained man after His resurrection (Luke 24:36-43; Acts 1:11)
·  He is a Man today, and will be forever (1 Timothy 2:5; Philippians 2:9-11)


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1 Person
·  Christ’s two natures are entirely distinct – they do not mix, merge reduce, dissolve,
change, or run into each other
·  There are not Christ’s, but One only
·  He is but one Person, and is always spoken of as such
·  It is because of this that such statements as Acts 20:28 are possible
·  The Person who purchased the Church is both god and Man
·  Because He is but one Person in two natures, we may (in the same breath) speak of
Him as God, and as shedding human blood (Acts 20:28; Romans 9:5)

Today’s Lesson:
These truths about the Lord are written in His name:
·  He is the Lord (divine name: the LORD/Yahweh)
·  He is Jesus (human name: “God saves”)
·  He is the Christ (title: “the anointed one” – Messiah)

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