THE MINISTRY OF JESUS CHRIST (Part 1)

THE MINISTRY OF JESUS CHRIST (Part 1)

In a word, the ministry of Jesus could be described as the ministry of “reconciliation.” What the Lord Jesus came down to do is simply to reconcile or restore all things to God, whether things on earth or things in heaven. Why did all things need to be reconciled to God?

Because all things were corrupted, alienated or estranged from God through Adam’s disobedience! Through Adam sin entered the world and through sin corruption and death entered the world and spread to the entire creation. In Adam we all became corrupted, dead, alienated or estranged from God…

THE BEGINNING OF JESUS’ SIGNS

THE BEGINNING OF JESUS’ SIGNS

John the beloved in his account of the gospel chose to refer to the miracles, wonders, or supernatural works performed by the Lord Jesus Christ as “signs.” This is very significant!

By choosing the word “signs,” John wanted us to know that every miracle or wonder performed by Christ was pointing to something deeper, higher and greater than themselves. They signified or indicated something more important than the actual miraculous works…

THE FIRSTBORN AMONG MANY BRETHREN

THE FIRSTBORN AMONG MANY BRETHREN

Jesus Christ is our perfect example in everything – in love, holiness, humility, longsuffering, self-control, faith, wisdom, power or service. He is God’s perfect standard for us in everything!

There is no other man, living or dead, who is absolutely perfect and worthy to be obeyed, followed and imitated in everything. You are only permitted by God to imitate or follow a spiritual leader as He also imitates or follows the Lord Jesus. Therefore, you must be careful not to imitate any man of God when and where he is not obeying, following or imitating the Lord Jesus Christ…

THE EXPRESS IMAGE OF GOD’S PERSON

THE EXPRESS IMAGE OF GOD’S PERSON

The American Heritage Dictionary defines “a witness” as “one who can give a firsthand account of something seen, heard, or experienced; one who furnishes evidence.” While it is true that everything God has made is a witness for God, however, in their present state, none of the creation is a perfect witness for God. Why?

The disobedience and consequent fall of the first man, Adam, did not only result in the corruption of the entire human race, but also in the corruption of the entire creation of God! Therefore, no creation in its present fallen state is perfectly reflecting God’s true glory, nature, person or character…

THE RADIANCE OF GOD’S GLORY

THE RADIANCE OF GOD’S GLORY

All the supernatural manifestations of God seen in the lives of the saints of old or in the ministries of the prophets of old are infinitely or immeasurably small in comparison with Jesus Christ who was the very image of God’s substance, person or essence.

Jesus Christ is the ultimate or supreme revelation of God’s love, glory, wisdom, truth, power, nature or character to mankind. His lifestyle, mindsets, values, attitudes, words or teachings are God’s perfect standards for us. No one else, living or dead, is God’s perfect standard or example for us to measure up to or follow in everything!

STOP PATCHING UP YOUR OLD GARMENT

STOP PATCHING UP YOUR OLD GARMENT

No religion, institution, organization, rehabilitation, or civilization can patch up, improve upon, repair or fix the sinful and selfish nature of man. It is completely corrupt and evil. It can never be improved upon, modified, or made better. Therefore, it has to be put off or changed through the new birth experience.

God’s plan of salvation does not entail patching up, improving upon, mending, or repairing our sin-ridden nature; rather, it entails replacing our sinful nature with His holy nature. Therefore, born-again believers don’t retain their old sinful, corrupt or depraved nature after the new birth experience…

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