Christ Came To Reveal the Father
Christ Came To Reveal the Father
Christ’s purpose on the earth was to relate His people to the Father and to reveal the Father to them. Christ was the exact representation of the Father on the earth. He said: “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves” (John 14:7-11).
Religion has a wrong idea about Christ. Christ was but a representation or representative of the Father on the earth. All the works done by Christ were done by the Father through His earthly ambassador Jesus. The Words spoken by Christ were the father’s Words. “Truly, truly, I say to you, THE SON CAN DO NOTHING OF HIMSELF, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; FOR WHATEVER THE FATHER DOES, THESE THINGS THE SON ALSO DOES IN LIKE MANNER” (John 5:19).
Christ is the mediator between His people and the Father. A mediator is defined as one that “occupies a middle position to bring accord out of by action as an intermediary to interpose between parties in order to reconcile them; the act or process of mediating especially intervention between conflicting parties to promote reconciliation, settlement, or compromise one that mediates between parties at variance” (Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, 11th Ed.). The Father and humanity had been at odds for millenniums so it was necessary for the Father to send a mediator in order to reconcile humanity to Himself.
Christ is the Father’s gift to us so that we can have the opportunity to be cleansed and thus acceptable to the Father. Christ is for all intents and purposes the Father on the earth. The point is we give Christ credit for acting on His own. Christ came only to reveal the Father in words and works. He came to show mankind that they could also work the works of the Father (miracles etc) just like He could. The Lord was flesh and blood like man but He could do the works of the Father just as we can if we relate ourselves to the Father.
Christ came as the first born Son of the Father. He came as an example to the many Sons that were to come forth after Him. The Father desires many more Sons to come forth just like Christ. Romans 8:29-30 states clearly: “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified”. Also Christ said: “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me” (John 17:22-23).
Everything is going to end up with the Father anyway. Paul said: “…then comes the end, when He [Christ] hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power” (1 Corinthians 15:24). Christ’s purpose, as well as ours, is to abolish all false Satanic powers and turn the Kingdom over to God the Father. Then the earth will be the footstool of His feet as prophesied in Psalm 110:1.
Christ is our mediator of a New Covenant enacted by God with man. In the Old Covenant of the Old Testament there was only temporary forgiveness of sin by animal sacrifice. There was no permanent provision for the forgiveness of sin. Christ came to institute a New Covenant wherein His sacrifice on the cross was acceptable to the Father as a forgiveness of sin once and for all time. The New Covenant provided that: “FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS, AND I WILL WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS… “AND THEY SHALL NOT TEACH EVERYONE HIS FELLOW CITIZEN, AND EVERYONE HIS BROTHER, SAYING, ‘KNOW THE LORD,’ FOR ALL WILL KNOW ME, FROM THE LEAST TO THE GREATEST OF THEM” (Heb 8:10-11).
Christ becomes the mediator of this New Covenant, working as an intercessor between man and the Father so that the New Covenant is fully implemented. Hebrews 8:6 says: “But now He [Christ] has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises”. And: “For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance” (Hebrews 9:15). Further “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood” (Hebrews 12:22-24).
In Jesus we have a high priest (mediator, intercessor) better than the priests which went before Him. Hebrews 7:25-28 says: “Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, made perfect forever”.
Thus the end result is that through Christ we learn to relate directly to the Father. If we are to be Sons like Christ our intercession must be directly to the Father. He is the creator. The time comes when the Sons reach maturity and it is no longer necessary to have an intermediary.
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