The position and deity of Jesus (part 2)
In our previous blog post we began to unpack the topic of Jesus’ authority in and through us. We discovered that we have access to our Father in Heaven because of Jesus and His sacrifice for us on the cross. In part one of this series Winston and Ria encouraged us to consider Jesus’ position and deity and how that relates to us today.
This week in part two, let’s unpack the new covenant that Jesus created for us when He died for us on the cross.
Jesus’ present position and deity – The new covenant!
The word covenant is defined as: “A binding agreement between two parties”. Our heavenly Father is a covenant-making God. Throughout the Old Testament we read about God’s promises and agreements with His people. We also read of how His people failed to remain obedient to Him. Jesus was God’s final covenant to us. Through His death on the cross and His resurrection three days later, He established a new covenant between God and us – His children. Before Jesus’ sacrifice, we were unable to remain obedient due to our sinful nature. But through the resurrected Jesus we receive mercy and eternal life. He is the first-born, made flesh. He is the One who took our sins upon Himself, died on the cross, defeated death and Satan, arose from the death and ascended into heaven, to reign forever as our King and Saviour.
“…and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power. Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set Him at his own right hand in the heavenly places. Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.”
“But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. And He said to them “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I Myself. Handle me and see for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”
“Now when He had spoken these things while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight.”
What does this all mean? It shows that our authority is completely renewed by Jesus through the new covenant.
“But now hath He obtained more excellent ministry, by how much also He is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”
Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords and we are blessed to be under His authority. Jesus is the Word of God made flesh. He never became God – He was always God. Jesus is also the Word of God incarnate – “Immanuel – God with us!”
Our Heavenly Father want’s nothing more than for us to live a full and abundant life in the authority Jesus died to give us. All He requires from us is obedience to His call and command. Because of Jesus, we (as children of the kingdom) have the potential to see everything we say and believe for come to pass. Let’s seize the opportunity to live our best lives each day with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.