The Cause (purpose) of Christ

I recently was asked the following question by a pastor friend of mine:

“Dear Friends,I am currently studying a topic which has caught my attention and would like your input. I would like to have your answer to the following question. All I am looking for is your opinion. I want to know what you already know not what you can find out so don’t go and read up on the subject or ask someone else.  The topic is the cause of Christ. By “cause” I am refering to the purpose of Christ.  To you, what do you believe is the cause (purpose)of Christ? If you do not know what His purpose is then just respond you don’t know. It is important to me at this time to get an idea of what is common knowledge, only a few of you are trained clergy. I would like your response to reflect what you already know. I want to read you first thoughts so do not spend much time considering your response. Give me your initial thoughts. Don’t worry if you are right or wrong, I am just looking for what you think.  If any of you know of a source on this topic please include the title or author in your response.”

This was my response and I am curious to know how you might respond so feel free to do so here.

Thanks for the invitation to give input to your question on the cause of Christ. The first thing I have to ask myself when confronted with any real question of great significance is what do the Scriptures say. Off the top of my head several scriptures came to mind that I believe speak directly to that issue. 1John3:5 tells us that “He was manifested to take away our sin.” 1 John 3:8 says “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” 1John 4:9&10 tell us that “God sent His only Son into the world so that we might live through him” and that He “sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” And then verse 14 says that “the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world.” So the scriptures declare to us in 1 John that the cause or purpose of Christ was and is to be the Savior of the world who takes away our sin by being the “propitiation” for our sin (receiving the wrath of God toward our sin and thereby paying our sin debt in full!), and destroying the works of the devil so that we might begin to truly live through Him!

The only other initial thoughts that sort of popped in my head were the fact that Jesus himself said that he “came to do the will of Him who sent me.” The Son’s self-stated purpose was simply to be obedient to the Father and to Glorify the Father by submitting Himself to the Father’s will, doing whatever the Father said. The Father’s purpose was to use the Son as an atoning sacrifice so that He could save sinners by fulfilling all the demands of the law in Christ. When God decides to save sinners He doesn’t do it by acting like our sin never happened or merely choosing to forget it. He imputes the righteousness of Christ on us just as He imputed His wrath and anger towards our sin on Christ at His death. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2Cor 5:21. That is what makes Him both “just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” Rom. 3:26

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About brotodd

Pastor, First Baptist Church Redwwater, TX. Married to Debbie Edwards, 4 sons, 1 daughter, 1 Savior.
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3 Responses to The Cause (purpose) of Christ

  1. Brian says:

    I see the Christ’s purpose as twofold – one the world has seen and has been consummated and the other is yet to come.

    Jesus came to provide a path to salvation and I think of John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” Jesus came to fulfill the law so that God might save a people unto himself from every tribe, nation and tongue.

    Jesus WILL come again; however, and that time not as the suffering servant – he will come as a triumphant king. He will come, send Satan to the abyss, and complete the establishment His kingdom here on earth.

  2. sherry stegall says:

    I believe the simplest way to state Christ’s purpose was stated He came to seek and save that which was lost.And so he did!

  3. Here’s my quick reply to the question “What is the “cause of Christ” without going into a study on it. God is a long term thinker, who knew and planned for the sacrifice Jesus would make for us and our sins at least from the time Adam and Eve brought sin to the world. He knew what would come and that there will come a time when it all will be brought to an end, when Christ returns, Satan is judged, along with the angels and all who have ever lived. It is then the bride meets the Bridegroom, it is then a purified church is resurrected, and there will be a new heaven and earth. Everything aims for that goal, and everything should include us and the lives we lead, pushing forward towards that goal of the high calling of Christ. Having died, and being brought back to life miraculously, and then experiencing a wonderful restoration of life, marriage, faith, and much more, I view everything from a very different perspective and now understand what is important and what is not.

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