Purpose: Sent to Give Understanding

Purpose: Sent to Give Understanding

And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. – 1 John 5:20 In continuation of our purpose series, let’s consider another purpose of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to the passage above, He has come to give us understanding about God and to enhance our knowledge of Him. These are essentials we need to make the most of our lives, as an appreciable knowledge and understanding of God – His will, His instructions, His (dis)likes, His preferences, etc – will make living a more meaningful, less tedious endeavour. Merely knowing the precepts of God about various aspects of life and aligning ourselves to conform to His agenda is a major milestone in the race of life. And until the advent of Jesus Christ, the knowledge of God was not a widespread affair; but Jesus came to reveal God to humankind by exemplifying Him in His own way of life. The Bible says, “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him” (John 1:18). Jesus has a privilege that

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Purpose: Sent to Offer Life

Purpose: Sent to Offer Life

Purpose: Sent to Offer Life In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. – 1 John 4:9 Another purpose of Jesus Christ is herewith detailed; He came to offer Himself as a perfect substitute for humanity. He was without sin or guilt, and He had a clean slate. He was also an embodiment of strengths and abilities, nothing can hinder or stop Him. He had vast resources as well, so nothing was beyond or above Him. Nevertheless, with all these possibilities around Him and the array of splendour, He chose to leave a greater glory in heaven and be counted among sinners on earth. He came to trade off His glory and vast resources for the meagre existence of humans. He came to offer His own life and all that it encompasses to humankind. He came to die the death due to us by virtue of our individual sin. So He simply came to do an exchange by taking on our imperfect life and putting forward His own perfect life for us before God. He came to change our status on earth, but He did not come to change our identity. By accepting to lay down His life for our sins

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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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