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The Elementary Priciples of CHRIST, Part 2.
Samuel Akpabio    [email]   ( United Kingdom ) 2019-01-15     Views : 142     touched : 46
In comparison, sacrificial offerings by earthly priests were repetitive; But Christ offered himself once as the perfect sacrifice for the atonement of our sins. This is why he was baptised in the flesh by John the Baptised to take the sins of the world upon his flesh to the cross and died, thus fulfilling all the righteousness of God once and for all; Hebrews 9:26, "For then must he often has suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself." He shouldered our sins with his baptism unto the cross, Matt.3:13-17; He was our Passover Lamb that paid the price for our redemption to God for the sake of his people, Hebrews 9:28. He did not enter the most Holy place with the blood of animals, but by his own blood, for eternal redemption, Hebrews 9:12, "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us." He fulfilled the role of the High priest who could enter the Most Holy each year of atonement with the blood of animals; but with his own blood. He entered the sanctuary of Heaven with his blood of sacrifice for all who believe, to save all who believe in his baptism and blood from their guilt and curses. We are eligible for Salvation when we believe Christ's voluntary obedience to God to fulfil all his works including accepting the baptism received from John, this is how he fulfil all the righteousness of God to give his baptism and blood to his people to receive the righteousness of God. This was the righteous plan of God.

Christ is not only the eternal High Priest; but also prays for us so that we can boldly approach throne of God for our needs in his name, Hebrews 4:6; 10:19. He teaches us how to pray; Luke 11:1-4; Matt. 6:9-13 and, guarantees the answer when we pray the Father in his name. He prays for us because he is the Interceder, who for our sakes pleads and defends us before God.

Christ interceded for us whilst he was on the earth; Luke 22:32; 23:34; John 17. He has continued in this ministry of intercession after ascending into the heavens and sited at the right hand of God the Father, Rom.8:34. Christ knows our weaknesses and needs and deals with them with compassion and mercies, Hebrews 4:15, "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."

Just as the high priest of the old testament blessed the people in the name of Jehovah, He also ask for the heavenly blessings for his people. Numbers 6:22-27, he was a blessing to many whilst on the earth. On his ascenssion to heaven, he raised his hands and blessed his disciples, Luke 6:50-51. Even now he bleeses us, Eph.1:3. Christ is God himself, there is no other like unto him, he alone can be the sacrfice of atonement to keep his people and only he can fufil the Law perfectly, and only him is the interceder for mankind who is able to bring to us the heavenly blessings. Any person who does not believe in his priestly ministry cannot find another who is with God to plead his course, and such a person will not inherit the blessings of heaven, but will face eternal condemnation.

C. King: Christ is the Eternal King of heaven and earth. his anointing is not like that of the earthly kings. He was anointed to reign with infinite power, justice and truth.

Christ Kindom is not of the world, John 18:36, but of righteousness, Joy, peace in the Holy Spirit, Romans 14:17. He rules with his word, Hebrews 4:12, " For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and the intents of the heart.". He is not the King of the Jewish nation only; He is the head of the church, the congregation of his believers, Eph.4:15.

The church has been reddemed from the dominion of the Devil, and built with the blood of Christ and, led by the Holy Spirit and belongs to Christ forever.As the King he protects the church against all evil and will not allow any force or power to evercome his chrch. Even the gates of hell cannot prevail against his church, Matthew 16:18.

Christ rules over his church mercifully such that his people submits to his authority and obey his word. Those who do not recognize his sovereignty cannot escape from from his reign, because God the Father has enabled him to rule over the enitire Universe, Matthew 28:18; Even all the evil angels have been stripped of their authority, Colossians 2:15 and Christ rules over the kings of the earth, Revelation 1:5

Although Christ's Authority and Glory are ignored and insulted, even blasphemed on the earth, and hidden by his evil enemies (Psalm 89:51), his majesty is undeniable in the kingom of heaven as the King of Kings and the Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16). When Christ returns in the cloud, he will honour those who believed in him and, shame those who rejected him (Matthew 25:31-46). Christ will reign in righteousness everywhere in heaven and on earth. (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21).

In the new Testament Christ was the prophet, the High Priest and King, and his teaching was with authority (Luke 4:32) as he told Pilate in John 18:37; and his miracles revealed his sovereign Authority according to his prophetic teachings and his miracles given to the people revealed his priestly mercy (Matthew 8:17).


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