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The Purpose For Christ's Coming - Part 1

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December 20, 2021 12:00 am

The Purpose For Christ's Coming - Part 1

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December 20, 2021 12:00 am

Dr. Stanley explains that the main reason Christ came was to make our lives complete.

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December 20 when it comes to Jesus, the answer is a lot today. You can learn about the names given to Jesus to help us understand the purpose for his coming.

The Bible says that God sent forth his only begotten son in order to God for your sins and my sins, but is that the only reason Jesus Christ came.

Somebody should ask you for what purpose the Jesus Christ, to the world what would you say do you understand how deep and broad, and why the love of God is taught all of us. Would you not begin to understand all the purposes that God had in mind for giving us his son somehow our level of law begins to rise, so the title of this message is the purpose for Christ coming someone you turn if you will, to the sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapter 5 in this chapter we have the first purpose that God had in mind in Cindy his son the Lord Jesus Christ into the world. Jesus in the sermon the Mount has been talking about our relationship to him and then he comes to this matter of the law and he says in verse 17 do not think that I came to abolish the law of the prophets did not come to abolish but to fulfill. Jesus said one of the purposes for which he came was to fulfill the law and the prophets know what they mean by that, when he refers to the law, what is he referring to when he speaks of the law here with the law had two parts. There was, first of all the moral law of God which you and I call the 10 Commandments and the moral law of God is God's unchanging standard for regulating the conduct of men and women. The second part of the law is what the Bible calls the Mosaic law.

The Mosaic law is the entire system legislative system both judicial and ceremonial, which God gave to the nation of Israel when they were wondering in the wilderness before they ever went to the promised land.

Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, the law of God. Now the law of Moses that is not applied to the Gentiles. The model law of God applies to every man. Jesus said he came not to abolish the law, but rather to fulfill it. That is the completed to bring it to its fulfillment.

What did he mean by that, and how we bring that to pass. He signaled to fulfill the law, but also the prophets, which means that all the prophets, the major prophets.

The minor prophets and all the way back to men like Joshua Gideon and those former prophets who led the people of Israel God use them in marvelous ways.

Oftentimes, to predict the prophesied future events.

Jesus said, I have come to fulfill the law and the prophets not to abolish it. Now how would the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, fulfill this moral law and the ceremonial judicial ecclesiastical kind of law. The law of Moses. How would he do that he fulfill the law by personal obedience to the law. If you recall in Galatians chapter 4 as the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ is described here. Notice what the Bible says: the fullness of time came, God sent forth his son, born of a woman born under the law, in order that he might redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. He came born under the law, the Lord Jesus Christ, fulfill the law that is, he didn't break the law. He came to fulfill it. He said secondly, the Lord Jesus Christ came fulfilling the law by fulfilling the signs and the predictions of the Old Testament given about the coming of the Messiah and prophesied with the prophets. For example in the Old Testament system which God gave to the nation of Israel of all the sacrifices the Lord Jesus Christ was the completion the fulfillment and the final sacrifice ever to be sacrificed. He was as John the Baptist identified him as the Lamb of God who had come to take away the sin of the world those predictions by the prophets of the coming Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, born of a virgin, those predictions of the coming of the Messiah, the very life of the Lord Jesus Christ is a fulfillment of those so Jesus came fulfilling those symbols. Those pictures those signs that were given in the Old Testament. 1/3 way he fulfill that law was by dying on the cross. The Bible says the wages of sin is that the curse of sin is death. The penalty for sin is death, violating the law, rebelling against God. The Bible says the Lord Jesus Christ came to fulfill.

That is the complete and to pay the penalty for all the sin of all mankind. If Jesus Christ did not come to pay that penalty we would've had to pay our own penalty because all of us have sinned against him. But there's 1/4 reason.

When the Lord Jesus Christ came, he did not abolish the law. He completed and fulfill that Mosaic law, but for those of us who are under the law of Christ. Those of us who receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ came to amplify and in large upon and to explain more fully. Even the moral law of God. A simple example of that would be this the law says thou shall not commit adultery. They refer to the act Jesus as I say to you that if a man a woman looks with lust upon another. They have committed the act of adultery. So Jesus took the law of God, the moral law of God, and expanded elaborate upon and brought it to its ultimate completion. That is, he explained it to the fullest. The meaning of the law of God. So the night, the Lord Jesus Christ was born more happened than just simply a child being born. This was the coming and the completion of the fulfillment of the law of God given by Moses to the nation of Israel. There wondering in the wilderness. I remember this the 10 Commandments was not given. In order to save us. But Paul says as a schoolmaster to instruct us in our helpless and futile condition that any of us could ever live up to the law because if we can live up to the law.

We could be saved by works, he says, no flesh shall be justified by the works of the law but it is by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. We been saved. Therefore, the first purpose of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ was to fulfill the law, which leads us to the second one. If you turn to John chapter 17 in the fifth verse of the 17th chapter he's praying. The father now he says and I glorify thou me together with thyself father with the glory which I had with the before the world was I manifested. I revealed thy name that is I revealed your true nature to the men whom you've given me out of this world. Verse 25 of the same chapter, all righteous father. Although the world has not known the yet I have known the and these have known that thou didst send me. And I have made thy name known to them and will make it known. The second purpose which Jesus Christ came was to reveal the father.

He came to reveal the true nature of God the father to mankind. Now when we talk about revealing the father would you turn if you will to Colossians chapter 1 Paul describing an unveiling draws who is this Christ what is God like verse 15 of the first chapter. Colossians says, and he that is Christ is the image that is the living reflection of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

That is, he says the Lord Jesus Christ is the image he is the walking, living image, the reflection the full likeness and reflection of God. It was very important to God that you not understand who he is, that we understand what he's like that we understand his nature. That is not merely a God of wrath, not merely a God of mercy and love and kindness but is a God of mercy and lovingkindness, holiness, injustice and rent. Jesus Christ came to reveal the true nature of God and he says that he is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. But if you will, in verse 19, for it was the father's good pleasure to do what for all the fullness to dwell in him. That is all the fullness of the Godhead dwelt in the person of Jesus Christ goat if you will, to the second chapter of Colossians and look at these two verses, Paul said here for in him that is in Christ all the fullness of deity dwells in bodily form.

If you want an accurate picture of God you look at Jesus. Listen in him that is in Christ all the fullness of deity dwells in bodily form and in him that is in Christ you have been made complete and he is the head over all rule and authority and so the second primary purpose for which Jesus came was to revealed to us the father what he's like and what you and I really know about God.

We know from listening to, reading, and experiencing the person of Jesus Christ. He said you avoid me you about the father he that, the father must also come through me no man cometh to the father but by me.

It is impossible to understand or to know God.

Apart from Jesus Christ and listen to me carefully. My friend, the truth is you will never understand life until you understand who Jesus is. Your life is going to be full of questions.

In fact, how do you explain life after death. Apart from Jesus how you explain your meaning and purpose in life apart from Christ.

That is the truth is, all of life is explained in the person of Jesus Christ. How do you explain forgiveness accepted Christ. How do you explain any amount of hope, except through Christ. How do we talk about a resurrection accepted Christ. How we talk about answered prayer accepted Christ.

How do we get our needs met accepted Christ, my God shall supply all of your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus our Lord. All of life is to be explain in relationship to Christ, so that my friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior.

If you have shunned him all of these years rejected him and abolished him out of your life on tell you your light has one tremendous gap that is missing the one late that puts life together is the person of Jesus Christ.

All of life is to be explained in him all of life is to be found in him and all of purpose is to be found in relationship to Christ. God came into this world in the living form bodily form a reflection, a revelation of the reality of God and the reason for this and the reason for those miracles was not simply to heal people or to resurrection from the dead, but to bear witness of the reality of the person of Jesus Christ that he was God in the flesh now Jesus Christ was and is the great I am because he was and is God. The second reason the second purpose for which Jesus Christ came was to reveal the father. My friend Jesus Christ came to reveal the father and apart from knowing Christ.

You cannot know God there's 1/3 purpose for which you came and that is to testify to the truth.

If you just turn over one page there in John chapter 18 John chapter 18, Jesus is standing before Pilate. Pilate is asking them questions and he's answering and it's interesting what the Lord Jesus Christ says the part he's asking about being a king insult verse 37 says Pilate therefore said to him, so you rekeying? So you rekeying Jesus answered you say correctly that I'm a key. Listen, this what Jesus said, for this I have been born for this, I have come in the world. What is that to bear witness to the truth.

He came to give confidence to the testimony of what God's view is about man's hopeless sinful condition and God's provision for salvation.

He said I came to bear witness to the truth what is the truth. The truth is that men without Christ lost and the truth is there is no forgiveness without the shedding of blood. The truth is, every man is hopelessly and helplessly lost, apart from Christ, the birthday of the Lord Jesus Christ that Christmas Eve, the birth of Jesus Christ is God fulfilling a need in the heart of man. Man is helplessly and hopelessly lost without the truth and what is the truth man's hopeless and helpless condition, but a marvelous and eternal provision through his son the Lord Jesus Christ. He said I have come to bear witness of this truth.

What did Jesus say he said complete this verse I am the way the truth and the life no man comes to the father but by me. Look, if you will. In John chapter 3 for a moment in the third chapter, John, Jesus is talking to Nicodemus and Nicodemus of course is not quite understanding what Jesus meant when he talked about being born again and a new life and so in the process.

Nicodemus is asking them how can these things be in Jesus said to him what your teacher this will not know these things. Verse 11 earlybird, I say to you, we speak that which we know, and bear witness of that which we have seen, and you do not receive their witness is what Jesus was saying Jesus. Nicodemus I'm telling you the truth and listen.

He says I'm telling you what I have seen and what I've heard Jesus came to revealed to us what is seen and what he heard. Turn, if you will to John chapter 8 for a moment, you recall, in the same chapter John when Jesus is explaining who he is and defending himself. Jesus therefore said when you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I'm he and I do nothing on my own initiative, but I speak these things as the father, past tense taught me.

I've come to bear witness to the truth now what is the purpose of this season's outcome, to bear witness of the truth.

The truth of man's hopeless condition, and the truth of God's marvelous adequate provision.

What is the result of that. Look, if you will back again in John chapter 8 and notice if you will. Verse 32. He says, and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free pieces only speak those things are father taught me pieces I came to bear witness of the truth to testify. The truth and the truth, I'm sharing with you the nature that through this, it will set you free from the penalty of sin, it will set you free from the burden of sin. It will unshackle you and release you from the prison house of sin pieces for this purpose. I was born this purpose I came in the world in order that you may be set free as you receive the liberating truth of the gospel. That's the reason Jesus said he came he came to set men free. You recall in Luke chapter 4 when he stood in the synagogue that morning to read the Scriptures listen to what he said the spirit of the Lord is upon me. Verse 18, because he anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives recovery of sight to the blonde set free those who downtrodden proclaim the acceptable favorable here the Lord everything he's doing is providing release and liberty for those who are in bondage to sin. That is, God is a liberating freeing God in Jesus. As I came to bear witness of this truth and the truth, which I share with you. He says this truth will set you free from the penalty and the burden of sin. Thank you for listening to the purpose for Christ coming. If you like to know more about child family for intense ministries that might enhance data writing. This podcast is a presentation of intense ministries in Atlanta, Georgia

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