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The Person and Work of Christ

I.  Introduction:

I should probably begin by admitting that I have chosen to cover too much in one night. Yet, we will do the best we can and try to hit the major points of these works of Christ. After Christ atoned for our sins at Calvary, was His work complete? In one sense yes. He cried from the cross It is finished (John 19:30) and the author of Hebrews tells us: After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1:3). Thus, His work of paying for our sins and suffering under God’s wrath in our place was complete at Calvary. Yet, other works remained. We are going to look at three of them tonight: the resurrection, His intercession for our behalf, and His return to judge.

II. The Baptist Faith and Message:

The Baptist Faith and Message gives a sentence to each of these works of Christ. As for His resurrection, it states: ‘He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion.’ It speaks also of His intercession: ‘He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man.’ Finally, it affirms His future work of judgment: ‘He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission.’ In all of this, it clearly affirms the resurrection, intercession, and return of Christ. We will try to speak of some of the particulars below.

III. Passages:

A. Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, John 20-21 Each of these chapters affirm the fact that Christ was raised from the dead. We looked at them in more detail when we discussed His Person after the resurrection, thus, I only want to mention these passages here. The New Testament repeatedly teaches the bodily resurrection of Christ.

B. Matthew 25:31-32 In Jesus’ teaching concerning the final judgment, we are told that the Son of Man will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. Thus, it will be Christ who is judging on that day. He will come in His glory to judge.

C. John 5:27 The Father has given Christ the authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. Again, Christ teaches that He will one Day judge the world.

D. Acts 10:39-42, 17:30-31 Peter affirms the fact that God the Father raised Christ from the dead and appointed Him as the One to be judge of the living and the dead. Paul also teaches that the Father has appointed Christ to judge and has given us assurance by raising him from the dead.

E. Romans 4:22-25, 8:34 Paul here tells us that Christ was raised for our justification. We can know that the Father has accepted His sacrifice for our sins because He raised Him from the dead. Our justification is sure in Christ. Also, Paul goes on to tell us that Christ died and was raised and is now at the right hand of God…interceding for us.

F. 1 Corinthians 15 I will not read this whole chapter, but just point out that Paul again affirms that Christ was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures (v. 4). His resurrection was different from others (like Lazarus) because as the firstfruits (v. 20, 23) He was raised with a resurrection body (see v. 42-57). Likewise, Paul is laboring in this chapter to teach the Corinthians that believers too will be raised with resurrection bodies for God has given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (v. 57).

G. 1 Timothy 2:5 As we have said before, this passage makes it clear the Christ is now the Mediator between God and men. He is currently mediating/interceding on our behalf.

H. Revelation 19:6-16 On the coming Day, Christ will enjoy the Marriage supper of the Lamb with His people and will judge the nations.

IV. Implications:

A. Christ raised from the dead to assure our justification and to securing our future resurrection. God has given us clear evidence that He accepted the sacrifice of Christ, namely the resurrection of Christ. Likewise, Christ’s victory over death is the guaranteed for our future victory over the same. He is the firstfruits of the coming resurrection of the dead. All those who have repented of their sins and placed their faith in Him will be raised like Him on that Day.

B. Christ is now interceding before the Father on our behalf. Again, because Christ became fully man and gave His life for our sins, He is uniquely qualified to serve as Mediator between God and man. Thus, we can approach the throne of grace with great confidence because of our great High Priest (see Hebrews 10:19-25). Listen to Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s thoughts on this truth: “If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet, distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.” Distance makes no difference. Brothers and sisters know that He is praying for you!!

C. Christ will come to judge the world, granting eternal life to those in Him and eternal suffering to those not. Obviously, this is a two sided work. On one side, we see the terrible truth that all of those outside of Christ will be cast into Hell. Such truth should motivate and encourage us to believe and preach the gospel without reserve. On the other side, we see the glorious truth that all of those in Christ will dwell with Him forever. This will be the consummation of our salvation. The end goal of Christ’s work is the glory of God and the good of God’s people. These will ultimately be realized on that Day.

V. Conclusion:

So then, what do we do with all of this? How do we respond to Christ’s work of resurrection, intercession, and return? We must be prepared for the return through the justification secured at the resurrection. We must persevere in this preparation through the continued work of our Mediator. After speaking at length on the resurrection of Christ and our future resurrection, Paul exhorts us with these words: Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. In response to His resurrection, intercession, and return, as well as all we have learned about His person and work, may we be faithful followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Last Updated ( Monday, 08 December 2008 )

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