The Gospel of John: Who is Jesus, Part Six.

When we began our study of the Gospel of John, I indicated the key themes contained in this fourth gospel. There are quite a few. More than you might initially think. One of the most important themes in John’s Gospel concerned the identity of Jesus Christ. I re-shared yesterday one of the first blogs from this series regarding that subject of who Jesus is.

Today, I share with you from the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF). As you may recall from our study of The Puritans, the WCF was/is a Reformed confession of faith. Drawn up by the 1646 Westminster Assembly as part of the Westminster Standards to be a confession of the Church of England, it became and remains the “subordinate standard” of doctrine in the Church of Scotland and has been influential within Presbyterian churches worldwide. The phrase “subordinate standard” indicates that the WCF is ultimately subordinate to the Scriptures.

Chapter Eight of the Confession contains a valuable summary of the person and work of Jesus Christ. If you want to know who Jesus is, familiarize yourself with what the Puritans compiled in the Westminster Confession of Faith.

I will reproduce the content from the Confession, followed by its biblical foundation. There are eight sections concerning Jesus Christ. We will share a section each day for eight days. Enjoy!

Section V is as follows. It will be identified as (1) Confessional Statement followed by its (2) Biblical Foundation.

Confessional Statement:

The Lord Jesus, by His perfect obedience, and sacrifice of Himself, which He through the eternal Spirit, once offered up unto God, has fully satisfied the justice of His Father;[34] and purchased, not only reconciliation, but an everlasting inheritance in the kingdom of heaven, for those whom the Father has given unto Him.[35]

Biblical Foundation:

[34] ROMANS 5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. HEBREWS 9:14 & 16  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. HEBREWS 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified. EPHESIANS 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savor. ROMANS 3:25-26 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

[35] DANIEL 9:24-26 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. COLOSSIANS 1:19-20 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell; 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. EPHESIANS 1:11 & 14 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. JOHN 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. HEBREWS 9:12 & 15 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the New Testament that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

 

This is who Jesus is. Soli deo Gloria!

 

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