Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher Robert R. McLaughlin
Wednesday December 20, 2017
Pastor Rick Bettez.
4 titles connected to the virgin birth and the CA concerning the Lord Jesus Christ, that have great value for Bel’s to fully understand; Savior, Mediator, High Priest & King.
Luk 2:11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
The Savior that the shadows of the OT foretold was brought forth in the God-man Jesus Christ.
People can recognize Jesus Christ in many capacities but to not fully understand Him as the ONLY Savior, the only source of salvation, with nothing added too or taken from His work,
assures us they are not born again and saved.
Mediator is one who negotiates on our behalf, an intermediary an intercessor or a third party that represents us. Legal term like a ‘lawyer’ would be analogy.
In this case The Lord Jesus Christ is to be a mediator on our behalf which means He is personally representing us in this Divine Court Case.
Our adversary the devil is known to be an accuser and an attorney in a relentless pursuit of Bel’s.
Mat 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Our Mediator is all powerful!
Job 9:2-3 “In truth I know that this is so; But how can a man be in the right before God? “If one wished to dispute with Him, He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.
Heb 8:6 But as it now is, He [Christ] has acquired a [priestly] ministry which is as much superior and more excellent [than the old] as the covenant (the agreement) of which He is the Mediator (the Arbiter, Agent) is superior and more excellent, [because] it is enacted and rests upon more important (higher & nobler) promises.
Heb 12:23 And to the church (assembly) of the Firstborn who are registered [as citizens] in heaven, and to the God Who is Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous (the redeemed in heaven) who have been made perfect,
Heb 12:24 And to Jesus, the Mediator (Go-between, Agent) of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood which speaks [of mercy], a better and nobler and more gracious message than the blood of Abel [which cried out for vengeance]. [Gen. 4:10].
Nothing was in between our fellowship with God now, after the cross the Holy of Holies was accessible to those who had the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ within them.
If anyone has you following laws & regulations about what is holy, what to wear, eat or do that come from the OT they do not recognize the work upon the Cross nor the mystery doctrine the Apostle Paul taught in his ministry.
Heb 10:1 For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near.
1Tim 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
Because of our Mediator and our own divine priesthood we go directly to God through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Third, Jesus Christ would fill the position as High Priest in the same order of Melchizedek. This man was a king & priest, chosen by God to be special and highly regarded. Melchizedek was truly unique!
David predicted that the Messiah would be like Melchizedek.
Psa 110:4 The LORD has sworn and will not change His mind, “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.”
He was a Gentile who was called out by God to hold a Divine & Royal position above almost everyone in the ancient world. He is considered to be a foreshadowing of the High Priest we know as The Lord Jesus Christ.
The function of our priesthood is to reach maturity and share God's perfect happiness, and receive the blessings provided for us by God the Father in eternity past. This is why we live our life as unto the Lord.
1Pet 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1Pet 2:9 But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A
HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellences’ of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
1Pet2:1-2 put aside the OSN that is filled with malice, slander and hypocrisy, become innocent of mind (pure & filled with HS) hungry for truth so you can GROW!
Bel’s who only come to God in times of trouble are spiritual babies who use prayer as a problem solving device and it is not!
God wants us to grow in His grace and knowledge, be responsible Christian soldiers who can stand in the gap when things get tough. Praying for strength or wisdom to face a challenge is the prayer of a SM Bel.
1Pet 2:5 you also, like living stones are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood,
The evidence we are in union with Christ, He is High Priest we are Bel priests.
1Pet 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God,
Again the union with Christ is evident!
Bel Priest who can go to God through our union with Jesus Christ and He will give us rest & guidance as well as forgiveness, that priest knows their role in the PPOG.
Rev1:6 We are set free from sin and He made us to be His kingdom and made us priests to serve the Father.
Also noted in Rev 5:10
The fourth title for the virgin birth and to be recognized by CA Bel’s, is the King of kings came to earth! A king in the line of David (Mary & Joseph had bloodlines connected to David).
Mary being the bloodline to Jesus.
Joh 12:15 Fear not daughter of Zion, Behold your King is coming seated on a donkey’s colt.
1Tim 1:17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.
Also a good scripture pointing to the Trinity.
Rev 17:14 He is called Lord of lords and King of all kings.
Reference to the fact that there is no higher office of authority.
In the Greek, the capital ‘King’- the first word used is BASIALUS meaning, leader of all people, commander and Lord over the land. Such as the use in Tim 6:15
The 2nd not capitalized; ‘king’- is BASILUO meaning to have kingly power or exercise control in certain circumstances (limited). 1Tim 6:15
This is simply highlighting what we all should already know… God allows mankind roles of authority for periods of time. They may have titles like lords, kings or presidents but none of them have any real lasting power.
They may not respect or recognize the fact but they are being given a brief or small position of authority but ultimately they are overruled & owe all power, authority that they may have to the Lord Jesus Christ.