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The Godhead Pt.

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The Word Pt. 3
May 21, 2014

Were in a study on the Godhead and our main verse is First John 5:7For there
are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and
these three are one. Last week we talked about the Word (who is the image or the
Logo of the invisible God), and we asked, What is His part in the covenant?

We looked in Pauls letter to Timothy to see that He is both the mediator and the
ransom for Gods people: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and
men, the man Christ Jesus;
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Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in
due time (I Tim. 2:5-6).

We saw that a mediator stands in the middle of God and us, and that we need Him
for that because we are sinners and weve incurred Gods wrath. By intervening
Christ gives us His complete righteousness and guaranteed for us to receive the
inheritance.

Now were going to ask, How does He mediate the New Covenant? This goes
right along with our other question, What is His part in the covenant? We can
sum up this part of His role in three offices: He is our prophet, priest, and king.

First lets talk about how he is our Prophet:

We need Him as a priest because were ignorant about God.

For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up
unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever
he shall say unto you.
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And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not
hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.
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Yea, and all the
prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have
likewise foretold of these days.
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Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the
covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy
seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
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Unto you first God, having
raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you
from his iniquities (Acts 3:22-26).

The Scriptures teach that in Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and
knowledge (Col. 2:3). As a Prophet Christ reveals God, Gods will, and everything
we need to know for salvation and to obey.

Next lets talk about how He is our Priest:

We need Him as a priest because were alienated from God.

Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high
priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
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minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and
not man.
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For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it
is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
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For if he were on earth,
he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to
the law:
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Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses
was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith
he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
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But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the
mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises (Heb.
8:1-6).

He did this by offering a sacrifice for us. It was the priests work to go into the holy
place and make an offering, and this is what He did.

But with Christ its even greater than that: not only did He offer the sacrifice, He
was the sacrifice! Where the priest could only offer the blood of an animal Christ
offered His own blood because He is the Lamb of God. This is significant because
each year the priest had to return and this signified that the way into the most holy
place was still unknown. But when Christ died the veil tore and theres no room
left for another sacrifice. He offered Himself once for all!

But, again, with Christ its even greater still: where the priest had to offer the
sacrifice on a bronze altar Christ was the altar (Heb. 13:10)!

Lastly lets talk about how He is our King:

We need Him as a king because weve wandered away and were completely
unable and unwilling to return on our own.

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is
Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen,
and faithful (Rev. 17:14).

I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ
Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;
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That thou keep this
commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus
Christ:
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Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate,
the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
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Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the
light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to
whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen (I Tim. 6:13-16).

He rose from the dead and ascended into heaven; think what He told His disciples
at the end of Matthews gospel: all power has been given to me. Christ
spiritually governs His church, has power over all creation, and controls all angels
and men, and every circumstance as the King. This guarantees our salvation and
the wickeds demise.

Because He is King He subdues our sins, preserves us, strengthens us against
Satan, the world, and the flesh, and keeps our hearts full of faith and filial fear by
His Spirit. Because He is King He rules the vessels of wrath, using, limiting and
restraining them, as it seems good to His infinite wisdom.

One day He will put down all rule and authority under His feet, that the glory of
the Father may be perfectly manifested in His Son, and the glory of the Father and
the Son in all His members.

When we come back next week well look at His second part in the covenant: He
is the ransom for all.

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