Christ, Son of God, righteous


This is a multi-part series

In my previous post I showed the 6 things that 1 John says that believers in Jesus need to believe/confess:

  1. Acknowledge that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah). – 1 John 2:22-25
  2. Acknowledge that Jesus is absolutely righteous. – 1 John 2:29
  3. Believe in His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and that we love one another1 John 3:23-24
  4. Confess that Jesus is the Son of God1 John 4:15
  5. Believe that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah) – 1 John 5:1
  6. Believe that Jesus is the Son of God1 John 5:5

An overcoming testimony will have three key components:

  1. Jesus is absolutely righteous
  2. Jesus is the Christ
  3. Jesus is the Son of God

NOTE: In that previous post I showed 6 benefits for those who believe. I have found at least another 12 without looking too hard. I will list all 18 in the next post.

I will try to explain – as best as I know how… please forgive me for being human and prone to error – what being the “Christ” and “Son of God” and “being righteous” means. So I will ask three questions and search the bible for an answer to them.

NOTE: If you look at the teachings of the prophets, the Christ was shown in several stories to have a very big impact on his believers. So let’s have the hope and courage to aim high in our answers – provided they are biblical.

Question 1 – What does it mean: Jesus is absolutely righteous

It means He absolutely conformed to the Father’s will in purpose, thought, and action. This matters because we should have accepted Him as our High Priest (see Heb 7:26) and He made one single perfect sacrifice for all sins, for all time.

Human priests sacrificed every day. The instant they had finished they could not rest because sins were building up again. The next day they atoned again. But this High Priest – once for all – actually not only atoned (hid) the sins, but He actually removed them. He did this once and then the bible says He sat down at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.

The reason we must confess Him as our High Priest and confess Him as absolutely righteous, is because we need to accept that He has made that one perfect sacrifice on our behalf. In this way that one perfect sacrific has forever removed our sin and cleansed us and perfected us.

The bible makes many references to Him making us holy through this perfect sacrifice. It frequently says that by removing sin, He removed the power of death from our lives. As our perfect High Priest the bible says He erected a more perfect tent/tabernacle over us. In fact the bible says that our bodies are the tabernacle and tent for God to dwell in – and God is not able to dwell in sinful vessels.

Jesus told His disciples that He had cleansed them. When Peter refused to have his feet bathed by Jesus, Jesus said that if He doesn’t wash Peter, then Peter HAS NO PART IN HIM. This part of our confession is important and should not be overlooked.

Question 2 – What does it mean: Jesus is the Christ?

We know that the bible says that Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is the actual fulfillment of all prophetic scripture. So we simply need to look through the prophecies about the promised Christ. He was promised back then, He came 2000 years ago – and each generation understands a bit more just what it is that He did for/to us! So what can see that the prophets foretold that this Christ would do!?

  1. crush the head of the snake (the same snake that caused the initial sin, death and separation from God to enter the world) – Gen 3:15
  2. the Seed that will possess the gates of the enemy, bless ALL the nations of the earth – Gen 22:17-18 
  3. take upon Himself our sins and the consequences – Is 53:6
  4. stop the asp/snake from biting us (sin) and rendered the poison ineffective (consequences) –
  5. take our sins and the iniquity, trauma, disease, sickness, weakness (consequences) – Is 53:4-6
  6. Branch – He unwrapped of “iniquity and guilt” (sin) in a single day – Zech 3:9
  7. Branch – brought you into the presence of God (because you are clean and there is no sin separating you from God) – Zech 3:7
  8. Stone, Cornerstone – He cancelled the covenant with death and sheol – Is 28:15-20
  9. Passover Lamb  – He WILL NOT ALLOW the Destroyer (death) to enter your household – Ex 12:21-27
That list is enough to convince us that the promised Christ was to do vast and incredible things for those who believed that HE IS. For that reasons Jesus said:
“be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]” (John 16:33

The Jews in Jesus’ time were looking for a powerful Christ/Messiah to overcome in the same way that King David did – to build a great nation and overcome surrounding nations. For this reason they anointed Herod as their king, because he did great and powerful exploits. What they failed to recognise was that the Christ/Messiah was coming to unwrap their sin and the sin of the world (for those who believe) as the prophets had foretold He would.

Question 3 – What does it mean: Jesus is the Son of God

I wrote quite a bit on this topic previously. Let me summarize the good stuff here. As the Son of God, He is able to “betrothe” you – which means to marry you and me. The entire church is His bride. The really big deal about this marriage is that the bride-to-be becomes His before the ceremony and her separation from her old father actually begins when she drinks from the cup of wine that He presents to her. By the time this cup of wine is presented, she has already been bought with a price from her old father. The new Father buys her for His Son. She now has a new Father, a new Husband, new brothers and sisters. If you are a seasoned Christian, all of this should sound very familiar.

  1. You have been bought with a price by God
  2. You have a new Father who will provide for you (Family, Husband)
  3. Your old family has absolutely no claim on you (so don’t go back!)
  4. You have a new Surname – the same one that God gave to His Son
  5. You are a son of God (but obviously we have to be careful here and not imagine we are the Christ or anything)
  6. You have an inheritance that is given by the Father to His Family
  7. You have the authority of your Father and His Surname (you are not merely a servant with no authority!)

There are actually many things to wake up to yourself about and begin to live in a new and more powerful way.

Overcome by your testimony and by His blood

This famous statement in Rev has two components – His blood (meaning His full payment to remove sin and disarm death) and your testimony (meaning your decision to claim His full payment as yours).

In Deut 29:6 it says something I think is important “that you might recognize and know [your dependence on Him Who is saying], I am the Lord your God”. The reason why I want to highlight this sentence is that the world generally does not see it’s sin and therefore it doesn’t see it’s dependance on God to release them from their sin. Without seeing our need, we won’t recognize His offer to release us.

He came and died as a conqueror – of sin – but unless you can see that your sin separates you from God (the source of life) you won’t even know you need a Saviour and you won’t be drawn to Jesus Christ (the Messiah), the Son of God, the absolutely righteous One.

If you doubt at all that He has the power to forgive ALL sins and to take away ALL sickness, take one more look a look at these 3 verses Matt 9:2, 5, 6 

v2 And behold, they brought to Him a man paralyzed and prostrated by illness, lying on a sleeping pad; and when Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralyzed man, Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven and the penalty remitted.

v5 For which is easier: to say, Your sins are forgiven and the penalty remitted, or to say, Get up and walk?

v6 But in order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins and remit the penalty, He then said to the paralyzed man, Get up! Pick up your sleeping pad and go to your own house.

I think many will accept He can release us from sin, but many will doubt He can simply release us from the penalty (sickness). Don’t doubt. In Matt 10:13 it says “freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin” and I really like the way that sounds, don’t you?

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5 responses to “Christ, Son of God, righteous

  1. Mark Wilson,

    Some of the information you have provided is quite interesting, while some is infomative. But, I would like to touch on two remarks you have made.

    First of all, I do not know much about you or your blog, so please keep this in mind. I believe the ‘once saved always saved’ heresy is a preaching of a false gospel teaching of a false Christ. So then, this is the backdrop of why I have a question about a couple of things you wrote.

    You wrote: “In this way that one perfect sacrific has forever removed our sin and cleansed us and perfected us.”

    If by this you mean that at the time of our conversion we were perfected, then we agree. If you mean we have all the tools neccessary to lead a perfect, sinless life from the moment of our conversion, I would agree. If you mean that we are perfect, then I do not agree. If you mean that we are blameless when we have sinned, you are wrong. I believe we can become blameless, but that the ONLY good thing about us is Christ living through us when WE ALLOW Him to. This is also the reason why the fire doesn’t burn up precious stones, but does burn up everything else. We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ to RECEIVE the things done in our bodies, whether it be good or bad. This is also why the bible talks about COVERING a multitude of sins by loving one another, but not erasing them. This is also why Jesus warns His children to forgive each other, or we WILL NOT be forgiven of our sins.

    Jesus warned again and again to remain in Him to the end to be saved. This is also why he gave us the parable of the five wise and five foolish virgins. I believe five did NOT live acording to the leading of the Holy Spirit, while five did. This is also why Jesus told us the parable of the tree that bore no fruit, answering His Father that He would dig around it and work to help it for another year, but if it bares no fruit at the end of that time period, it is to be cut down. All such trees are burned.

    Many are fooled by the OSAS Movement, which also preaches that Christ will come back before Daniel’s 70th week starts. I believe it is these people that are fooled that Jesus warned that would let their love grow cold and hate and betray other Christians in the future.

    You wrote: “If you doubt at all that He has the power to forgive ALL sins…”

    Jesus Himself said that all manner of sin shall be forgiven men, but the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit SHALL NEVER BE FORGIVEN, neither in this age, nor the age to come. Whenever I hear someone say that every sinner and all sin can be forgiven, I know that I have just heard a lie.

    Anyway, my blog is about setting people free from false doctrines. I have just mentioned at least three in this comment. Please feel free to visit my site and take a look around.

    BTW, I used to believe and teach others about the false teacings I have mentioned above, so I know all their teachings and their scriptures they must twist in order to fool people.

    Thanks for listening,
    777denny

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