The nature and saving mission of Jesus Christ

The nature and saving mission of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ, the Son and Word of God[1], is eternal in His nature yet earthly in His incarnation[2]. In the Father’s perfect timing, He honored His covenant with mankind and His prophetic promises in the Old Testament of salvation by sending His Son, Jesus, into the world He created[3] to redeem, reconcile, restore, and rescue mankind from the sin that separated them from the Father. Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, Mary[4], with his nature being both completely God and completely human. You could say that Jesus is humanity as God intended it to be.[5] He was anointed as the Messiah and affirmed and empowered by the Holy Spirit at His baptism[6]. He introduced God’s kingdom reign on earth[7], overpowering the reign of Satan by resisting temptation[8] while preaching the good news of salvation, healing the sick, mending the broken hearted, casting out demons and raising the dead, just as Isaiah had foretold hundreds of years before.[9] By gathering and pouring His life into His disciples, He established a Bride and a Church to be the instrument of His kingdom.[10]

After dying for the sins of the world on the cross, Jesus was raised from the dead after three days, fulfilling the covenant of blessing given to Abraham.[11] In His sinless, perfect life Jesus met the demands of the law and in His atoning death He bore God’s wrath and judgment for the sins that separated us from God because of His holy nature.[12] Sin could not defeat the Son of Man. After His glorious resurrection from the dead, He ascended into heaven and began His present rule at the right hand of the Father. He is the eternal Messiah‐King, advancing God’s reign throughout every tribe, tongue, and nation until the day of His return when every knee shall bow and every man confess that He is Lord.[13]

[1] John 1:1-5

[2] John 1:14

[3] Colossians 1:15-23

[4] The Gospel of Luke 2, Galatians 4:4

[5] For a thorough explanation of this concept see Part 5 Chapter 1 of Russell R. Byrum’s, Christian Theology, Gospel Trumpet Company 1925

[6] Matthew 3:13-16

[7] Mark 1:15

[8] Mark 1:12-13

[9] Isaiah 61,

[10]See Chapter 5 “Christ and the Atonement” of F.G. Smith’s , What the Bible Teaches, Warner Press 1945

[11] Romans 4

[12] 1 Peter 1:18-19

[13] Philippians 2:8-11