2012-12-25 “God … his Son Jesus Christ our Lord”

God … his Son Jesus Christ our Lord

 I Corinthians 1:9God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

 In this passage “God” is translated from the Greek word “Theos” and it refers to the Heavenly Father. Then there are four words that refer to our Savior; “Son Jesus Christ our Lord”. “God” the Father refers to the unequaled eternal, sovereign, Creator, and Master of the all and in this context, the Father of “his Son”. To be the Father’s “Son” is to be “equal with God” (John 5:18; Philippians 2:6). To be “equal with God” is to be unified “with God”. John tells us that “the Father, the Word, [Christ] and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” (I John 5:7). Isaiah tells us that Christ’s “name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6), further emphasizing the perfect union of “God”. Our Savior is also referred to as “Jesus”, meaning Jehovah is Salvation; thus, His very name tells us that He came into this present world to “save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21) and when He declared on the Cross “It is finished” (John 19:30), He had finished the work of salvation without the loss of even one (John 6:39) that “God” the Father had given to Him “before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4). Our Savior is also referred to as “Christ” which means “the Anointed”, which is the same as the Old Testament word “Messiah” that the Prophet Daniel used (Daniel 9:25-26). In this context, to anoint was to designate for a specific purpose or duty. His purpose was to come into this present world to do His Fathers will; that is, that He “should lose nothing” (John 6:39) and He will “raise it up again at the last day”; that is, in the Resurrection “raise” everyone that the Father had given Him to Eternal Heaven. Our Savior is also referred to as “Lord” which literally means Owner and Master. We indeed belong to our “Lord” and He is our Master. As our “Lord” (Master, Owner) we are commanded and we are obligated to lovingly obey Him (John 14:15) above all others. The adversaries have been trying to destroy our Savior ever since Herod learned of His birth (Matthew 2:1); they crucified Him, but He reigned victorious over both the Cross and the grave. Even in our present day His enemies are trying to distort and remove any remembrance of Him. Let us, with all diligence, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11); that we might remain His faithful servants no matter the cost or sacrifice!

 

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