nearby, so that I may preach there also; for that is what I came This hope of a ‘promised seed’ was known to the Jewish people as “The Messiah” – the saviour. Your name. Jesus’ sacrifice declared that God was right to execute His judgement on man because of sin and because man bears this nature. . "The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of Of course, that was not the first time that Christ forbade people to spread the word about Him (see Mark 1:40–45; 7:31–36). However due to disobedience this Kingdom was destroyed but the Bible teaches that the Messiah would be the one who would restore the Kingdom once again to Israel – but this future establishment would be everlasting and the rule of the Messiah would be righteous. These three beings are all equal parts of the same being. Romans 15:8-9 We would like to now dispel the common idea that Jesus was God. for.". Their reputation for sinfulness was not a reason to avoid them; rather, it was a reason to seek them out. because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins Jesus said, "I came that they may have life, and have it When Simon and the other disciples came to Jesus to encourage Him in His ministry of healing, pointing out the fact that many people were looking for Him, Jesus did not decide t… Jesus said, "Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; We read of a promised ‘seed’ who would destroy the effects of sin (Gen 3:15 – see The promise in Eden). “And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great … We have read in John 17 how important it is to understand who the real Christ was: This article has simply outlined some of the features of the Biblical Christ. The Gospel, TWITTER | FACEBOOK | SUBSCRIBE FOR EMAIL UPDATES, Website edited and maintained by Matt Davies | Nottingham, Jesus Christ – his true purpose and mission, Death – the end and not the start of an afterlife. in all its fullness to as many people as possible. He is author of. Because of Jesus life of complete obedience to God, God raised him from the dead after 3 days. Romans 15:8–9 July 26, 2016. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” John 1:29. Jesus tells us that the Father is greater – they cannot therefore be equal. As a husband, I know that God calls me to lead my family. In every temptation Jesus chose to do God’s will. The Bible defies this doctrine of “The Trinity”. This is the immediate benefit of being associated with Him – that, in the eyes of God we are counted righteous and are able to approach unto God to seek forgiveness of sin. Matthew 5:17 The impact he has had and continues to have on mankind is unsurpassed. Many prophecies were given by the prophets concerning this one who would come to bring men back to God. John 3:16-17 It is through what Christ accomplished in his life (namely that he bore our nature but did not sin and died as an offering for sin) that we have opportunity to be saved. About Donate. They are not the one and the same personage. He was though a man with the same ‘nature’ as all humans – that is to say a proneness to sin and being subject to death. The doctrine of the Trinity is the idea that the ‘God head’ is made up of three personages “God the Father”, “God the son” and “The Holy Spirit”. the truth hears My voice. daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Everyone who is of . Psalm 22Isaiah 52:13–53:12Luke 17:24–25Romans 3:21–26. The whole Western dating system pays witness to his historical reality so that the majority of people who live on the earth know of Jesus Christ. He is the only man to have ever lived who ‘did no sin’ (1 Peter 2:22). might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery righteousness . Jesus Christ was therefore ‘flesh’. They rightly believed that the Messiah would reign over them in righteousness (Isa. It is belief in this “righteousness” of God which is the mechanism for being acceptable before God. What would the point of been of speeding 40 days in the wilderness being tempted? It’s origin will be found in the creeds of men which have become an ingrained doctrine which people have attempted to squeeze into the Bible by twisting and reading into the text. In his first coming he opened a way for men to have salvation and to draw near to God and in his second coming he will restore the Kingdom of God on the earth. The idea that an almighty and eternal being would be born as a fragile baby child is not one that makes any sense at all. Because of this, God raised Jesus Christ from the dead opening a way of salvation for all who have faith in God and in the Messiah – that by associating ourselves with Christ by belief and baptism in the gospel, we can have our sins forgiven and we too can be raised from he dead and given the gift of eternal life. Look at the Book Why Did Jesus Come Into the World? First published in Tabletalk Magazine, an outreach of Ligonier. It is only through a correct belief and association with what Christ has done that we can have a hope of God removing our sin-prone natures and forgive us our transgressions. His name, Jesus, means “saviour” and this is exactly how the Bible describes him: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Why was this in the purpose of God? “[Jesus] began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. Close. ", 1 John 3:8 And he said this plainly.” - Mark 8:31–32b against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a ", John 12:27 2:5–11). Christ then is our representative. "Since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. This was ‘the purpose’ that God had from the very beginning which became reality when Jesus (a name which means “God saves” – see Matt 1:21) was born. The message of the Bible is that through association with Him by belief and baptism into his name we can also have our past sins forgiven and eventually if found acceptable at his return have our sin cursed nature removed and share with him in eternal life. Romans 3:25-26 ", 1 Timothy 1:15 We’re on a mission to change that. Christ has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the Well it was God’s way of opening up a way of salvation and reversing the effects of Adams fall. Donate Now. Jesus was not God We would like to now dispel the common idea that Jesus was God. He was indeed the only begotten son of God. Father, glorify ", Hebrews 2:14 If so how was God right in allowing His son, who had done no sin to die? previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His In death he overcame that nature destroying that nature “that had the power of death” (Hebrews 2:14). This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Jesus was raised, had his sin cursed nature removed and given immortal an immortal nature. John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. and to give His life a ransom for many.". Jesus then was totally unique. the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy. John 9:39 the devil. But who was this man and what was the significance of his life and death? As important as these tasks were, they were secondary to His mission of preaching the truth. to demonstrate His righteousness, John 18:37. Consider this verse: “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. For permissions, view our Copyright Policy. Author: M. 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If we truly want to understand who Jesus is we must turn to the pages of the Bible and examine it’s teaching in detail so we can be sure of the truth on the matter of what Jesus is all about. No other man could ever have done this for everyone else has “sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). This death, we learn later in Mark 10:45, was the only means by which the price for our sin could be paid. Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. Why did he need to do this? As the gospel of John records: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1. How could Jesus be tempted to sin against God if he was God? 7:13–14), and suffering in the form of being rejected and murdered. He has been given power to judge mankind: “Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained [Jesus Christ]; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.” Acts 17:31, “And he [Jesus Christ] commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.” Acts 10:42.