Christ’s 3 Images

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By Bill Burkett

How we are represented legally in this world and at the throne of God

I. The Messianic Image: Held through the Old Testament period of Israel’s history.

II. The Human Image. As a slain Lamb, Teacher. Son of Man. All that is known of Him that depicts His human offices and His relationship to the redemption of man, not leaving us comfortless but sending His Holy Spirit, the paracletes, to comfort us. John, chapters 14 and 15.

III. The Heavenly Image: The Lion of Judah, War Lord (Revelation 19:11)

How we as sinners have disturbed heaven and troubled Jesus with our sin and rebellion against divine government. But He is determined to redeem whosoever will come to Him and bow at His cross and confess their sin. Down through the history of the world He created, He has taken on three roles to mankind, all in an effort to bring us back to the Father. It is a glorious prospect for God’s children that we are about to see the consummation of all things. We are living in the time of the final revelation of Christ.

While it is true we will see the Antchrist and the humanists power structure merge on the world scene bringing terror and persecution to the church and believers, yet simultaneously with that dark event is the glorious prospect of Jesus manifested to the world bringing an end to all the darkness and pain of the Antchrist persecution! Just ahead of us is the final revelation of the true, the final heavenly revelation of Christ!

It is impossible for a man whose heart is truly in touch with God not to feel ill at ease when brought into contact with those who have no share in his deepest convictions and emotions.

Taken from Dr. A Maclaren

Definition

PARAKLETOS 3875. parakletos {par-ak’-lay-tos}; an intercessor, consoler: advocate, comforter, intercessor, lawyer, legal counsel, mediacy, advocate.

I) summoned, called to one’s side, esp. called to one’s aid

1. One who pleads another’s cause before a judge, a pleader, counsel for defense, legal assistant; an advocate

2. One who pleads another’s cause with one, an intercessor; so of Christ in his exaltation at God’s right hand, pleading with God the Father for the pardon of our sins.

3. In the widest sense, a helper, succourer, aider, assistant; so of the Holy Spirit destined to take the place of Christ with the apostles (after his ascension to the Father), to lead them to a deeper knowledge of the gospel truth, and give them divine strength needed to enable them to undergo trials and persecutions on behalf of the divine kingdom.

So the Lord Jesus Christ is at the throne of God, representing us to the Father, and the Holy Spirit is His advocate at our side insuring that we are being represented at the throne interceding in our behalf. He staves off our enemies and at the same time my direct link to the throne.

We have Jesus there at the throne interceding for us and the Parakletos at our side representing us.

The Holy Spirit is our legal counsel. When we get into trouble with the enemy, we call on the holy Spirit just as you call on a lawyer and tell him the problem you have. The Holy Ghost says, Everything’s all right, just leave this to me. I know the law and have the power and authority to represent you at the seat of judgment. Leave this problem with me and you go home, have a nice meal and forget about it, it’s in my hands now. Wonderful comforting Parakletos! He comes alongside and represents us to both God when we confess our sins and fights our battles for us at the throne.

The Holy Spirit is my legal counsel. He has a legalistic portfolio but the liberals and positive gospel preachers don’t want this out and want to keep it a secret. If the only gospel we had was what the liberals and charismatics tell us – we would be deprived of most of the truth of the Bible.

 

  1. Toshihiro Reply
    This is my biggest srulggte...knowing what God CAN do if He just WILL but not getting the result I hoped for. But, when we continue to trust Him with the outcome even though it wasn't what we asked for, our faith builds and He counts it unto us as righteousness. But I do understand your disappointment too. I'll continue to pray.

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