In studying the role of the Father, we understand that He gave full authority to the Son. Everything about our relationship with the Father hinges on the work of the Son. While there are many roles the Son of God plays in the Godhead, our limited space only allows us to look at three basic roles; Jesus as redeemer, Jesus as mediator, and Jesus as gift giver. Please note this is not an all-inclusive list. Nevertheless, I pray that you will come away with some information that will help to better define the role of Jesus Christ, and encourage you to build on this study by adding to this list as you continue to study the word of God.
Jesus as Savior/Redeemer
"My little children, these things I write to you, that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous. And He himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world." 1John 2:1-2
"For there is born to you this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" Luke 2:11
"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself his own special people, zealous for good works" Titus 2:11-14
Jesus as Mediator
"I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him." John 14:7-7
"For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time." 1 Timothy 2:5-6
"But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since he ever lives to make intercession for them." Hebrews 7:24-25
"But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises" Heb 8:6
Jesus as Gift Giver
"He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things. And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." Ephesians 4:10-13
As with any study, it is important to read at least eight verses before and eight verses after the quoted text to understand the complete context.
In Summary, Jesus is our only means of true fellowship with the Father. As we learned in our study, the role of the Father is to draw the hearts of men to the Son--and as he calls, we have the freedom to answer or reject.
There is much more to be learned of the man named Jesus---more will be discussed in future studies, as the goal in this series is to get a basic understanding of the Godhead.
If you have never done so, start a personal list; as you read, take note of how each member of the Godhead is describe in each particular book. You will be amazed to see how they flow and you will start to see which "He" or "Him'" the passage is speaking. (Chapter one of Ephesians is the perfect place to start.)
This is a doctrinal study, so it is important to allow the Scriptures to speak the truth. When we slow down and pay attention to what is written, we will find these types of passages do not need much explanation. This is wonderful news when it comes to sharing the Gospel message, as it is always about what God says is true versus what we believe. More detailed explanations will be given as we move into applicational studies.
Until next time, keep growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Teresa is an author, a speaker, and the Editor-in-Chief of RMS1437 Publishing. She has been married for 26 years, and has three grown children. Her greatest joy is leading others closer to Christ through practical study of the word of God. She prefers using the lighter things in life and a good laugh to make her point, but realizes the darker and deeper things of life must also be addressed. For more information on her available books and studies, or speaking engagements, visit www.teresaortiz.com.
» left by Anonymous (4 years 86 days ago.)
Great article. Very informative. I will print it out to leave laying around the house. My husband is a non believer and I pray that someday he will come to the Lord. I don't discuss the Bible with him because he wants to argue. I just refer him to my pastor. He knows that I believe the Bible and I know that Jesus is my Lord, Master, Savior, My All in All.
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» left by Teresa Ortiz (4 years 86 days ago.)
I am glad you found this article helpful. You are doing the right thing to pray for your husband and "provide" info that he can view on his own time or will. I am praying for his salvation. keep living the faith and trusting that God wants your hubby saved more than you could ever want him saved.
I prayed for my husband for 11 years and what I realized is that I needed to also be praying for myself that God would prepare me to be a submissive and Godly wife. For a strong willed woman, it was difficult. I am praying for you as well. The Lord knows your name :-)
Blessings to you, Teresa
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Christmas is a collection of pagan lsteivafs that the church tried to hijack and failed!! They therefore celebrate a pagan festival and surely if Jesus existed he would be repelled by that!!But what of Jesus himself?There is not one single mention of Jesus in the entire Roman record that is right not one!!! At the same time as he was supposed to have been around there were a number of Jews claiming to be the messiah all of whom are well recorded!!He was supposed to have been a huge problem to the Romans and produced wonderful miracles but still not one contemporary record?Even the bible mentions of him like all other references were not written until many years after his supposed death!!At best he was an amalgam of those others!!Respond to this comment