Purpose: Sent to Destroy the Works of the Devil (2)

Purpose: Sent to Destroy the Works of the Devil (2)

…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. – 1 John 3:8 In continuation of our meditation on the coming of Jesus Christ to earth to destroy the works of the devil, it is pertinent to note two things: firstly, there is nothing excluded among the devil’s works that Jesus came to destroy. He came to fix them all with no exception. As long as such phenomenon, be it situation, affliction, or development originates from the devil, Jesus has come and is poised to reverse them with no explanation or apology to the devil. He is Lord over all, the devil included. Secondly, no matter how long the affliction or untoward development emanating from the devil’s stable might have lasted, it doesn’t really make much difference to Jesus, as He has been empowered by God to right the wrong, restore the loss and repair the damage of many years. He only needs to be invited into the situation and He will get to work doing what He does best. That’s why He could restore the sight of someone who was born blind (John 9); healed the infirmity of someone who had been crippled for 38 years (John 5:5); raised a corpse that had been buried for four days (John 11);

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Purpose: Sent to Destroy the Works of the Devil (1)

Purpose: Sent to Destroy the Works of the Devil (1)

…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. – 1 John 3:8 Here is another reason that Jesus came to earth – He came to destroy the works of the devil. What an awesome agenda! The devil means no good for us at all. In one passage, he is announced to have come “to steal, to kill and to destroy” (John 10:10). In another instance, he is said to be walking “about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). In yet another passage, he is described as “the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night” (Revelation 12:10). Those are just few of the agenda of the devil towards us; he kills, steals and destroys what are most precious to us. He is never happy when we are happy or maintain a right standing with God. So he is always throwing a spanner at our wheel of progress so that we can be stagnated or grounded. But, the passage above offers us a most cheery news: whatever the devil may be up to, Jesus has come to destroy them all. He came to undo all the evil deeds the devil had been perpetrating in the lives of God’s children for

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Purpose: Sent to Take Our Sins Away

Purpose: Sent to Take Our Sins Away

And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. – 1 John 3:5 Another reason Jesus came to earth, as crystallised in the passage above, is to take away our sins and make us pleasing and acceptable to God. As humans, we are fundamentally prone to sin in our thinking, action, speech, attitude and in other things we do. And there is no denying our sinful nature, as that will only amount to self-deception (1 John 1:8). Even as sin does a lot of harm to us, principal among which is alienating us from God with all the implications of that, He nonetheless desires that we live and operate in our fullness so that we can enjoy fellowship with Him as He originally intended. That was why He sent His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to come and become the propitiation for our sins. Jesus came to take away our sins – that which disqualifies us from enjoying the fullness of God. By taking our sin upon Himself, He became the bridge that closes the gulf between God and man, so that we can have access to God on one hand, and come into His presence without blemish on the other. He is indeed “the Lamb of God who takes away

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Purpose: Sent to Redeem and Purify

Purpose: Sent to Redeem and Purify

Purpose: Sent to Redeem and Purify …the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. – Titus 2:13-14 The passage above captures another twin mission of our Lord Jesus Christ to humankind; He came both to redeem and purify, to qualify and equip us for the assignments God has prepared for us. In the sense of redeeming us from “lawless deeds”, Jesus came to free us from the tangles of sin, guilt and everything that corrupts, holds back, disqualifies, slows down and discourages noble initiatives and productivity. His giving of Himself as a ransom for us is all we will ever need to be free of the shackles that limit and destroy. He has set us free by laying down His life and riches in exchange for our own lives and wretchedness. On the other hand, having thus redeemed us to perform, He also purified – more like equipped – us for good works. In other words, He didn’t just set us free to loaf and idle away; He also redeemed us to be productive and useful to ourselves, Himself and other people. He set us free to do

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Purpose: Sent to Mediate Between God and Men

Purpose: Sent to Mediate Between God and Men

Purpose: Sent to Mediate Between God and Men For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. – 1 Timothy 2:5-6 One of the purposes of Jesus Christ is to function as the Mediator between God and humans. Being of God and knowing the things of heaven, He could relate to the standards demanded by God in terms of conducts and modes. In the same vein, having lived as a human, He could also understand firsthand all the factors and frustrations that humans have to grapple with on a daily basis in their attempts to live, work, thrive, maintain success, please God, and fulfil numerous obligations. “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:14-15, NIV). The emphasis here is not that Jesus lived without sin, but that He is not out of touch with our realities; He knows the issues we face, how we

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Purpose: Sent to Save Sinners

Purpose: Sent to Save Sinners

Purpose: Sent to Save Sinners This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. – 1 Timothy 1:15 We probably have considered this all-important purpose of Jesus in one of the previous editions of our Purpose series. It is one purpose that cannot be overemphasised, as the understanding of it is at the core of our well-being and optimal manifestation. It is true that Jesus came to the world primarily to save all sinners. The apostle affirms that it is not just true, but is a faithful saying that is worthy of acceptance by everyone. Sin became the second nature of humans after the fall in the Garden of Eden, while subsequent activities and descendants of man were all enmeshed in sin and marked with imperfection. Eventually, God decided it was enough seeing humans operating in the fallen state – deprived, denied and reduced on account of sin. So there was a need to upgrade humans from the level of sin to the heights of glory, where communing with God and functioning on earth would be with ease, as God intended it to be in the beginning. To achieve that, certain things must be done: there must be a judgement, there must be suffering and

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