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 John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." 

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July, 2016 - NEW KING JAMES VERSION

“Benefits of Christ’s Coming in the Flesh!”

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

There was never a time when the Word was not! But there was a time when the Word was not flesh!

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

So, what are some of the benefits of Christ’s coming to earth, being made flesh, and dying?

Demonstration –

When learning to do something, it is so much easier to follow a demonstration, or pattern. As the word became flesh and dwelt among us, we beheld His glory as of the only begotten of the Father. Through the recorded deeds of Jesus we see a glimpse of the glory of God. Speaking to this, note the Lord’s response to Philip’s innocent question:  

John 14:8-9 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”

9 Jesus said to him, Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

Likewise, when we follow after the teachings of Christ, we share in that glory. This was the thought behind the instructions of the Apostle Paul as he spoke to Christians in the city of Corinth, note:

1 Corinthians 11:1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”

Reality –

1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life”

By means of our physical senses (sight, sound, touch, etc…), we can develop an accurate concept of the make-up of something. Through eye witness testimony of those that were present, we can also develop an accurate make-up of the Son of God in the flesh!

Attested by God –

Christ Jesus was God in the flesh and demonstrated His power over the forces of nature, death, and sickness. People could witness it, experience the power and know that He was both sent and approved by God. These signs of approval were many and unquestionably miraculous. The design and purpose were simple, note:

John 20:30-31 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”

Acts 2:22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know”

Demonstration of Love –

If someone were to say they. “I love you”, and never have acted in your best interest, they would be suspect. Not only has God always acted in the best interest of His creation, He has provided a demonstration of that love beyond any doubt, note:

1 John 4:7-10 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

To Die for Our Sins –

God has always required sacrifice for the atonement of sins. Although in history, before the Son of God coming in the flesh, men were obedient to God in animal sacrifice. Yet, God did not take pleasure in this. God contemplated a greater means; one that would atone for sins of all men once and for all time.

Hebrews 10:5-10 “Therefore, when He came into the world, He said:

“Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me. 6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. 7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come— In the volume of the book it is written of Me— To do Your will, O God.’”

8 Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), 9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

 

Christ Jesus came in the flesh as the Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29).

Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.””

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

To Bring All Men a Covenant –

Hebrews 9:15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.”

Christ Jesus, in the flesh, came to this world and fulfilled the Old Testament.

Matthew 5:17-18 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”

The Christ of God not only fulfilled the Law of Moses, but in addition, nailed it to the cross.

Ephesians 2:15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace”

Colossians 2:14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”  

In fact, due to the superiority of everything the Christ of God has brought us (including a greater High Priest), by necessity the Law of God had to change!

Hebrews 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.”

This covenant is the Gospel of Jesus as the Christ, and is the sole power of God through the victorious power of His great name for our salvation.

Acts 4:12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Acts 2:38 “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

To be Resurrected from the Dead –

The last and most important sign from God that Jesus was His Son in the flesh, was the resurrection. The claims of His Son-ship were supported by signs and wonders; however, the final vindication of these claims came at the resurrection.

Romans 1:4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”

As was the case with signs and wonders that Jesus performed while here on earth (they were many, undeniable, and in front of many eye witnesses); His resurrection bears the same evidentiary marks, note:

1 Corinthians 15:4-8 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. 6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. 7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 8 Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.”

The witnesses of His resurrection were not subjected to glimpses of Him, but He went in and out among them for forty days, note:

Acts 1:1-3 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, 3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.”

The fact of His resurrection would mark the beginning of His brining many sons to glory in the same fashion.

1 Corinthians 15:20-21 But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.”

Summary –

The reasons for the Christ of God coming in the flesh (many, varied, and all important) are compiled for us in these summary verses, note:

Philippians 2:5-11 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Hebrews 2:10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”

Hebrews 5:8-9 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him”

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