Posted by: SandreS | June 11, 2009

The Purpose of the Earthly Teaching Ministry of Jesus Christ

Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the Circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers (Romans 15:8).

The second thing that Paul reveals to us concerning Christ’s earthly teaching ministry was that it was one of confirmation.

The record of Scripture is again quite clear; the purpose of the earthly teaching ministry of Jesus Christ was to “to confirm the promises made unto the fathers” (Romans 15:8).

Christ did not come with a new message, but rather His teaching was one of confirming the promises of the Old Testament Scriptures.

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill (Matthew 5:17).

We must remember that backslidden Israel was still near to God by way of her covenants with Him (Ephesians 2:12). Christ was calling these “lost sheep of the house of Israel” back into right relationship with Himself through “the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins” (Matthew 4:23; 10:7-8), with John the Baptist introducing this ministry (Matthew 3:2-3; Mark 1:2-6).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook

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  1. I had a very interesting conversation with a brother recently. It centered around grace and law. He was a younger man and I got the distinct feeling that he had been challenged of late by someone who had confronted him as regarding the O.T. Law. As the conversation progressed I could sense that he was using me as a ‘sounding board’ to get some input that would help him with the issues he was wrestling with. In any case, as the conversation went, he quoted to me Our Lords words that not one jot or tittle would be removed from the law until it had performed it’s purpose. Then he again quoted Our Lords words that He had not come to abolish the law but rather to fulfill it. Yet he had no realization of the sense of these phrases in the light of Our Lord’s ‘finished work’ of redemption. He was just wrestling with these phrases. He seemed somewhat adgitated and perplexed. He said he was a Baptist, and asked me had I ever met any 7th day adventists, which gave me a clue to what had gotten under his skin. In any case, I asked him what sayeth ‘The Law’? He was nonresponsive so I assumed to answer the question myself to him. ” The soul that sineth shalt surely die” Then I asked him did he understand that Our Lord had died? His answer was “of coarse”. Then I clarified it a little further by saying that in His death Our Lord had satisfied all the requirement of the Law. He had fulfilled the Law. And had done so not in His own need but rather in place of us. This is our belief and faith, that Christ died for us! I then suggested that the epistle to the Galatians would be a good place to start to ground himself in the Christians relationship to the Law. Words certainly have meanings; sometimes it takes a little more light to understand what the meanings are.

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