Doctrine, Part Three

“Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”

Jesus asked His disciples this question, and they told Him that there was a real mixed opinion as to who He was.  But then, Jesus asked them who they understood Him to be?  Now, that’s the question of extreme importance for each of us.  Peter voiced the absolute correct answer, when he said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.”

We sometimes say “Jesus Christ,” as if this were His first and last name, however, the word “Christ” is a title.  To say it in a more technically proper way, we would say, “Jesus, the Christ.”   Christ means the Messiah, the One sent from God, the deliverer.  Jesus is the fulfilment of that.  Through Him, and Him alone, we have access to God.  He became sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

How is it that He is the Son of God?  He was not so known in eternity past, or even in the Old Testament period.  He is revealed as the “Word.”  John 1:1 tells us that He was in the beginning, meaning He had no beginning!  He is eternal.  This same verse also tells us that He was with God, meaning that even though there is only one God, He manifests Himself in different persons, which we know as the Trinity.  Then, the verse says that He was God, meaning that He is co-equal with the Father.   There is an instance in the Scriptures where Jesus said, “My Father who sent me is greater than I.”  He was speaking from the vantage point of His humanity, as is described in Philippians 2, where He made Himself of no reputation, and He humbled Himself.  He is called the Son of God, because Almighty God, Himself, planted the seed in the virgin’s womb, causing the Word to become flesh and dwell among us, as John 1:14 tells us.

In Revelation 1, Jesus calls Himself the Alpha and Omega, which is the first and last letters in the Greek alphabet, and He explains that it means He is the first and the last.  One thing that can be said about that is that He had the first word in creation, and He will have the last word in judgement.  To some, He will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your rest,” but to others He will say, “Depart from Me you cursed person who works iniquity, for I never knew you.”

At present, Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven, and He is making intercession for those who are His.  I want people to pray for me, but of all the people who might pray for me, I’d rather have Jesus praying for me than all the rest put together!

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