The Person and Work of Christ

  1. Christ was sent into the world by His heavenly Father to redeem the elect of mankind and rule over God’s kingdom as Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin Mary, and born of her, yet without sin. He lived a sinless life, perfectly fulfilling the law of God. This union of the divine and human made Jesus forever both God and man in one Person. The Lord Jesus is the mediator between God and man. As man, He is our elder brother and High Priest before God, representing us to God the Father. As God, He is the visible image of the invisible Father, representing God to us.

  2. As Prophet and Teacher, Christ reveals to the elect, by His Word and Spirit, all that is needed for life and godliness. As God’s Son, Christ reveals God to us and speaks God’s Words to us, in a way that no other prophet could.

  3. As High Priest, Christ once offered Himself up to God on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for the elect, thereby propitiating God’s wrath which was upon them, procuring their reconciliation with God, and redeeming them from the curse of the law. Now, He continually intercedes for them in the presence of His Father in heaven, thereby assuring their perseverance in holiness unto the end.

  4. As King, Christ conquered His enemies. He was declared the Son of God with power in His bodily resurrection from the dead, and ascended to the right hand of the Father, enthroned in glory as Lord; thus inaugurating His Kingdom. He poured out His Spirit on the day of Pentecost to carry forward His work on earth. He rules in the hearts of His people, subduing their sin and enabling them to love and obey Him. He rules over all creation, visible and invisible, and shall physically return at the end of the age, revealing Himself as Lord and judging the world in righteousness.

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