Jesus: Prophet, Priest, King, Savior & God

Part 1

 

By Pastor J.D. Link

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            I encourage to read Mt 7:13-29.  Verse 22-23 says, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” The Bible repeatedly reminds the church to beware of false Christs; false prophets; false teachers; false doctrine; etc (Mk 13:22-23, 2Pt 2:1-2). They present “a” Jesus, but not “The” Jesus of Scripture.  This is very destructive, because no one can be saved by “a” Jesus, but only “The” Jesus Christ of Nazareth. 

            These false teachers only present some attributes of Jesus, and deny/ignore others.  They want Him as Savior, but not as Lord.  They want Him as Friend, but not as Judge.  They want Him Priest, but not as Prophet.  They want Him as Redeemer, but not as God.  They want Him as Servant, but not as King.  The problem with this, is that Jesus is a person.  Only by receiving the person, do you possess the attributes.  In other words, it’s all or none.

            If you stood at the marriage altar and said “I only take this woman to be my dishwasher, housekeeper and give me children”, you’re libel to have a runaway bride, or be knocked unconscious.  You do not marry attributes.  You marry a person.  With that person, comes all of the attributes.  Even the ones you may not like as much.  So it is when you come into covenant relationship with Christ Jesus.  We cannot take some of Jesus, and leave behind the rest.  He and all His attributes are one. 

            Some “Christians” today are no more than idol worshippers; which in reality is devil worship (1Cor 10:20).  They worship a devil they call “Jesus”.  He is not the Jesus Christ of the Bible, but an idol they have fashioned in their own mind.  They formed him; they named him; they bow to him.  Their false “Jesus” would never rebuke anyone; turn over tables and whip people; judge anyone or cast them into Hell.  Their “Jesus” would never call anyone a hypocrite or a snake.  Their “Jesus” embraces/excuses all forms of sexual immorality, deviance and abortion.  Their “Jesus” is only “love”, and would never  hurt someone’s feelings by saying “go and sin no more.”  The problem is, their “Jesus” is make believe. He doesn’t exist – and so of course, he doesn’t save.

            These false Christs, prophets and teachers won’t share the whole truth about the person of Jesus, denying His role as Prophet.  They often reject that He alone is the mediator between The Father and man, rejecting His High Priesthood.  They won’t submit to His rule over their life, rejecting Him as King.  They believe in many ways to Heaven, rejecting Him as Savior.  They claim Him to be only a man, rejecting Him as God.  They mock holiness, or make it legalism.  They pervert grace, or preach Mosaic Law.  They wish to enslave others with rigid rules, or cast off all restraint to encourage lawlessness.

            It is vital that the Christian test the spirits (1Jn 4:1).  “Is what is being communicated the truth?”  The standard by which all teaching, prophecies, dreams, visions, revelations, etc. must be measured is God’s written Word, for it is indeed the very words of God (2Tim 3:16, 2Pt 1:19-21).  Jesus said a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand.  God is not going to contradict His eternal Word by speaking to you something totally contrary.  If what you heard – from without or within – doesn’t jive with the plain words of Scripture, then dump it.  God’s not going to call sexual immorality an abomination in His Word, and then turn around and tell you it’s ok in your circumstance.  If His Word is forever settled in Heaven, then what would keep you from entering the Kingdom of God in the first century is the same today (1Cor 6:9-10).

            Many will take the broad path that leads to destruction.  Few will take the narrow path that leads to eternal life.  Many will say “Lord, Lord” on judgment day, but will hear Jesus say “Depart from me – I never knew you.”  They only paid lip service to Jesus (Isa 29:13), but didn’t obey Him (Lk 6:46, Mt 7:21-23).  They wanted blessing without obedience; salvation without surrender; consolation without commitment; reward without repentance; absolution without abiding; forgiveness without faith.  They only wanted certain attributes of Jesus, but didn’t want Jesus Himself.  So, they made up a “Lord” to suit them.  We may get away with that in this life, but certainly not the next.

            Not all are called to be Pastors or Theologians, but Christians are all called to be disciples.  Disciple means learner or pupil.  We should be students of God’s Word, that we may know the truth of who Jesus is and be saved.  Destroy the idol of the false “Jesus” in your mind, and believe on the Jesus of the Holy Scriptures – the Jesus who saves – who is Prophet, Priest, King, Savior & God. Selah.

Jesus: Prophet, Priest, King Savior & God

Part 2

 

By Pastor J.D. Link

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            Genesis 14:18-20 says, “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he (Abram) gave him (Melchizedek) tithes of all.”  This mystery king-priest, Mechizedek, is mentioned only here and in Ps 110:4 in reference to Jesus Christ in the Old Testament (see Heb. 6:20, 7:21-22).  The Branch, who is Jesus (Isa 11:1, Jer 23:5), is also referred to as a king-priest (Zec 6:12-13).

            Last week we saw that Jesus is “That Prophet”, the ultimate last days Prophet of the Lord (Heb 1:1-3), above all prophets who ever lived.  The prophet speaks to men for God.  This week, we look at Jesus as High priest.  The priest speaks to God for man.  He is an intercessor; an advocate; a mediator. 

            Jesus is our merciful and faithful High Priest (Heb. 2:17).  He is the Apostle and High Priest of our confession (Heb. 3:1).  He is our great High Priest, who can relate to us; as He became flesh to identify with us.  It is by His High Priesthood that we can now come confidently unto the Throne of Grace and find acceptance (Heb. 4:14-16).  Jesus the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies in heaven with His own blood, thereby paving the way for us to enter (Heb. 6:19-20).

            I encourage you to read Hebrews chapter seven thoroughly.  In it, we find four roles of the High Priest.  To fully appreciate Jesus and what He has accomplished, and to keep from being deceived by false Christs; we must learn what offices and functions He holds.  So, what does the High Priest do?

            First, He blesses (Heb. 7:1).  Through Jesus, we have been blessed with all spiritual blessings (Eph 1:3).  Because we believe on Christ, we are blessed along with Abraham (Gal 3:9, 14).  As the less is blessed of the better (Heb. 7:7); so Mechizedek blessed Abraham, and so Jesus blesses us.

            Second, He receives tithes (Heb. 7:8).  Melchizedek received tithes (tenth) from faithful Abraham.  Jesus, a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek, receives tithes of us; children of Abraham through faith (Gal 3:7).  Because He abides a priest eternally with an unchangeable priesthood, so He ever receives tithes of His people (Heb 7:24).  This alone should forever settle the question if a Christian should tithe.  When Jesus ceases to be High Priest, we should cease tithing; and we know Jesus abides as High Priest forever. 

            Third, a High Priest makes intercession for His people (Heb. 7:25).  Jesus appears in the presence of the Father for us (Heb. 9:24).  He makes intercession for the transgressors (Isa 53:2, Rom 8:34).  We pray to the Father in His name (Jn 16:23-24), for He is our High Priest. He alone is the mediator – the “go between” – between God the Father and man (1Tim 2:5).  Prayers to anyone or anything else are wasted words and effort.  We can only approach the Father through the Son.  There is no other intercessor.  He alone is our advocate with the Father (1Jn 2:1-2).  Through Christ alone are we heard and accepted.

            Fourth, a High Priest offers sacrifices (Heb. 7:27).  What makes Jesus the only and ultimate High Priest, is that He gave Himself as our sacrifice for sins (Isa 53:4-5, Gal 1:4, Titus 2:14, Eph 5:2).  The blood of none other could be taken into the Holy of Holies in Heaven and accepted.  Only the pure, sinless, righteous blood of God the Son could ever atone for sin (Heb 9:12-14, 28).  Jesus is perfect High priest and Sacrifice.  He offered Himself as a one-time sacrifice for all sin forever; and by doing so He sanctified us and perfected us forever who believe on Him (Heb 10:6-12).  If you have ever struggled with the fact that Jesus is the one and only way to Heaven, perhaps now you understand why.  What other High Priest could ever do – or has ever done – what Jesus has?  No one else could; or has; or ever will.  On Christ the solid Rock we stand, all other ground is shifting sand.

            This is the song sang in heaven for Jesus, the only One worthy: “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” (Rev 5:9).  Selah.

Jesus: Prophet, Priest, King, Savior & God

Part 3

 

By Pastor J.D. Link

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            Read Rev 19:11-16.  Verse 16 says, “And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”  Jesus is the King above every king, and the Lord above all lords.  There is none greater than He.  None higher; none mightier; none more glorious.  He is the blessed and only Potentate (Prince, ruler of great authority – 1Tim 6:14-15).  The Lord is altogether our Judge; our Lawgiver: our King (Isa 33:22).  Our Founding Fathers saw fit to separate these powers in our Constitution, seeing than one man in control of all three always degenerates into tyranny, dictatorship and despotism.  However, only in Almighty God to these three powers exist in excellence and truth.

            The Lord is our Judge (Ps 98:9, Act 17:31).  He is our Lawgiver (Jam 4:12, Jn 14:21-24).  He is our King (Ps 47:2, 7).  He is God, worthy of all praise, honor and glory.  Of whom do these prophets in the Old Testament speak?  Who is this Lord?  Who is this God?  Who is this King?  It is Jesus.  He was born “King of the Jews” (Mt 2:2).  He is the Son of God, the King of Israel (Jn 1:49).  He is the King, who in His first coming came unto His people in humility, riding a donkey (Mt 21:5).  He is Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews (Jn 19:19), who was gave His life as a sacrifice for sin.

            He was prophesied of in the Old Covenant.  He was the Child born and Son given, who would be called the mighty God and the Prince of peace.  As an eternal king, His throne; His government; and His kingdom is everlasting (Isa 9:6-7).  He is “The Lord our righteousness”, a king in the line of David, who shall reign and prosper (Jer 23:5-6).  This eternal being would come forth from Bethlehem (Mic 5:2), as we know Jesus did.

            As we read in Revelation 19, when He returns to this earth, He will not come as a sacrificial lamb, but as the Lion of the tribe of Judah.  He will rule with a rod of iron.  It will not be a democracy.  No votes.  No debates.  He will rule in absolute and irresistible power and authority.  Every knee in the universe will bow, and every tongue will confess that He is Lord (Philp 2:9-11).  The only question is, will we willingly do it now and be blessed forever more; or will we be forced to do it on the day of judgment, and then be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity?

            You see, in this “church age” or “age of grace”, we have the option to accept Him or reject Him.  He is not exercising absolute rule on the earth.  This should be obvious, seeing how the world is.  He is extending grace and mercy to mankind.  However, one day time will be up. 

            In this age of grace, His rule is expressed in the lives of His people. His reign is in the hearts of His people.  In His first coming, the Kingdom came “without observation” (Lk 17:20).  It came a spiritual Kingdom.  He came to indwell His people as Lord and King of their lives.  The Kingdom of God (His dominion, rule and authority) is within His people, because the King is within His people (Lk 17:21).  In this age, Christ in us is our hope of glory (Col 1:27).

            Though we are in this present evil age, of whom Satan is the god of this world; we are no longer under his dominion as Christians.  The Kingdom of God is currently on earth, within His people; but we are not yet in the Kingdom age, where Christ reigns supreme over all.  Because of this, many reject the rule of Jesus, because He does not at this time enforce His will and require complete submission to it.  However, the day is coming where He will.

            Jesus came the first time to not only take away our sins and destroy the works of the Devil; but also to be our Lord and King (Rom 14:9).  He will no doubt judge the living and the dead at His appearing (2Tim 4:1), so to submit ourselves to the King’s authority voluntarily in this age is to receive His blessings and rewards in this life, and in the age to come.

            Read Luke 19:12-27.  One day the King will return, and those who rejected Jesus’ reign will be slain before Him.  Yes, He is the loving, compassionate Savior of mankind.  He is the healer, comforter and Friend.  However, He is also the King of Kings and Lord of Lords; Judge; and Lawgiver.  We cannot receive one part of Jesus and reject the other.  He is all of these things.  We receive Him or we reject Him – all of Him.  I pray you submit to the lordship of the King in this life, for in the next it will be too late.  Selah.

Jesus: Prophet, Priest, King, Savior & God

Pt. 4

 

By Pastor J.D. Link

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            I encourage you to read Luke 19:1-10.  Verse 10 says, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  Thus far, we have seen that Jesus is “That Prophet”, mentioned by Moses; that He is our great High Priest, after the order of Melchizedek; and that He is King of kings and Lord of lords.  This week, we will look at Jesus as Savior of the world.  He came to seek and save the lost (2Cor 4:3).  Lost people need to be saved, and Jesus is in the saving business.

            The Bible is quite clear, that before we come to Jesus for salvation, we are sinners (1Tim 1:15); we are ungodly (Rom 5:6); and we are enemies of God (Rom 5:8-10).  Lest any of us think this somehow doesn’t apply to us, God’s Word tells us there is none righteous, no not one (Rom 3:10); and that all have sinned and come short of God’s glory (Rom 3:23).  Indeed, the whole world is sinful (Jn 1:29), so this should clarify any delusion that we are somehow an exception that doesn’t need saving.

            By whom are we saved?  The Lord Jesus Christ (1Jn 4:14, Jn 3:16-17, 4:42, 12:47-48, Philp 3:20, Titus 2:13, 2Pt 1:11).  These are just a handful of the many verses that reveal plainly that it is Jesus Christ who is the savior of the world.  Some may believe He is just one of many saviors, but the truth is there is no other savior.  There is only one, who is Christ the Lord.  “I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior.” (Isa 43:11).  Isa 45:21-22 says, “…there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Savior; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”  This same truth is related in Hos 13:4 & Acts 4:12, as well as others.

            Some may think they God doesn’t want to save them, or that they have sinned too greatly to ever be saved.  Put these thoughts far from you.  He wills that all mankind be saved, and He wants all to come to the knowledge of the truth of the Gospel (1Tim 2:4).  He is not willing that any perish, but that all mankind would come to repentance (2Pt 3:9).

            So, what have we learned thus far? 1. Without Christ, we are lost; we are sinners; we are ungodly; we are enemies of God.  2. This applies to all mankind, not just a few.  3. We are saved by Jesus.  4. There is no other savior, but only Jesus.  5. God wants all men to be saved.  If we acknowledge these facts, the only question that should be left is, “What must I do to be saved?”

            “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Act 2:37-38).  Is your heart pricked?  In other words, are you convinced of these facts, and convicted that you are a sinner in need of saving?  Then repent, which means change your mind about the person of Jesus, and your need for Him.  Then get water baptized, as Jesus instructed (Mk 16:16, Mt 28:19).  When you do, the Holy Spirit will indwell you (Jn 14:17), and you will become a new creation in Christ (2Cor 5:17).

            “And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  And they said, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Act 16:30-31).  Paul then took them, and baptized them.  Although water baptism itself doesn’t save you, if you are saved, you get water baptized. Per New Testament example, this is done immediately upon conversion, every time.  If we have believed the Gospel, our response should be, “Look, here is water – why shouldn’t I be baptized? (Act 8:36). 

            We are saved through heart belief in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, and mouth confession that He is Lord of our life (Rom 10:9).  We must call upon the name of the Lord Jesus (Rom 10:13).  We are saved by this heart faith in the Gospel (1Cor 15:1-4).  This salvation is a gift through faith, and cannot be earned (Eph 2:8).  If we think we can somehow work for this gift of salvation, we deceive ourselves.  It is offered only as a gift to those who believe.  Jesus has done the work, and “it is finished” (Jn 19:30).  We need only to repent (change our mind, resulting in a change of direction), and believe this glorious Gospel, and act on our faith by being water baptized in His name.  This is salvation, and only comes through the one and only savior, Jesus Christ.  Selah.

Jesus: Prophet, Priest, King, Savior & God

Pt. 5

 

By Pastor J.D. Link

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            Joh 1:1-3, 14 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. And the Word was made 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.

            Thus far in this series of messages, we have seen that Jesus is “That Prophet” spoken of by Moses, who speaks only the Words of The Father.  He is our great High Priest, who forever lives to make intercession for us.  He is King of kings, the Supreme authority in the universe.  He is the only Savior, the only way to eternal life.  This week, in summation, we will see that Jesus is God Himself.  Of course, Jesus is much more than just these five things, but without a doubt He is these five things.  The Scriptures prove these five things emphatically. 

            We see in Jn 1:1 and 1Jn 5:7, that Jesus is the living Word of God, and God Himself.  Jesus is God made flesh (Jn 1:14, 1Tim 3:16).  In Mt. 1:23, Matthew quotes the Old testament prophecy of Isa 7:14, and reveals to us that “Emmanuel” means “God with us”.  In the incarnation, when Jesus put on flesh, it was the eternal God coming to this earth in the body of a man.  This child born and Son given would be called the Mighty God and Everlasting Father (Isa 9:6).  The Ruler born in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago is from everlasting – from eternity (Mic 5:2).  It was the eternal God coming to earth that we remember at Christmas.

            God is Creator – Jesus is Creator.  This is a monumental contradiction if Jesus isn’t God.  Jn 1:3 says all things were made by Jesus; but in Gen. 1:1 it says God created the heaven and the earth.  Which is it?  Both.  Jesus is God.  Our first picture of the triune nature of God is in the first chapter of the Bible.  Gen 1:26 says, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”  Notice, “Let us” and “Our image”.  Jesus is the visibility of the invisible God.  All things were made by Him and for Him (Col 1:14-17).  The Father made all things by The Son (Eph 3:9, Heb 1:2).  Jesus is the Creator; therefore, Jesus is God.

            God is the Alpha & Omega, The First and the Last, the Beginning and the End – and So is Jesus.

We see in Isa 41:4, 44:6, 48:12, that God is the First and the Last.  It is indisputable that this is talking about Almighty God.  In Rev. 1:11, 17-18 and 2:8, we see Jesus clearly describe Himself as the First and the Last. We know this is so, because He describes Himself as the One who was alive; then was dead; and now is alive forevermore.  Are there two Alpha and Omegas?  Two First and Lasts? Two Beginning and Ends?  No.  There is only God, and Jesus is God (Rev 22:12-13).  He purchased the church with His own blood (Act 20:28).

            God is the “I Am” – Jesus is the “I Am”.  God called Himself the “I Am”, and Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I Am.”  (Ex 3:14, Jn 8:58).  “I Am” means “to be; to exist”.  In other words, Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I exist.”  He is the eternally existing One. 

            Thomas called Jesus God. “And Thomas answered and said unto him (Jesus), “My Lord and my God.” (Jn 20:28).  Why didn’t Jesus correct Him? Because he was right.  His confession was true.  More importantly, God the Father Himself called Jesus God.  But unto the Son (God the Father says), “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever…””.  The Father calls the Son God.  This alone is evidence enough Jesus is God.

            Jesus said He and His Father are One (Jn 10:30).  He is the “express image” (exact representation) of the Father (Heb 1:3).  He said that He was in the Father and the Father in Him (Jn 17:21, 10:38).  If we have seen Jesus, we have seen the Father (Jn 14:9-10). If you have seen one you have seen the other.  If we reject one we reject the other (1Jn 2:22-23).  If we honor one we honor the other (Jn 5:23).  Jesus eternally proceeds forth from God, making Him God (Jn 6:46).

            Jesus declared Himself to be equal with God (Philp 2:6).  The Jews understood this clearly, though many rejected Him.  Notice these verses: “Joh 5:18 – Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.”  “Joh 10:33 – The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.” “Luk 5:21– And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?”  Clearly, they knew Jesus was declaring Himself to be God – and they were right.  The only problem for them, is that He truly was who He said He was.

            Are you looking for the great God and Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13)? Because that is the Jesus of the Bible. That is the true Christ.  He is divine.  He is deity.  He worthy of all worship and adoration.  Who is the true God and eternal life?  Jesus Christ our Lord (1Jn 5:20).  Selah.