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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