Christian Churches of God
Role of the Messiah
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God’s Anointed (that is, His Messiah or Christ) had a pre-incarnate spiritual existence with the other sons, a first advent as the Lamb of God to deal with sin and will have a forthcoming second-advent return to save those who wait for him as both priest and king. The different roles are all part of the plan of the One True God.
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(Summary by Patti Gambier, Ed. Wade Cox)
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Summary: Role of the Messiah
God’s Anointed (i.e. His Messiah or Christ) had a pre-incarnate spiritual existence with the other sons, a first advent as the Lamb of God to deal with sin and has a forthcoming second advent-return to save those who wait for him as both priest and king. The different roles are all part of the plan of the One True God.
Whom we worship, how we worship and when we do so, show that we are followers of God’s way of life, in accordance with His Laws.
There are distinct areas in Messiah’s life, which need to be understood in relation to the plan of the One True God - He who is Singular and Sovereign as well as Saviour and Redeemer (Isa. 43:10,11; 44:6). To know the One True God as Saviour and His right hand (Christ) as the sacrifice, clarifies the terms of Saviour and Redeemer as applied to Christ from his fulfilment of his role in the first Advent. Christ was also saved from death by the power of God the Father as evidenced in the resurrection (1Pet. 1:3; Hos. 13:4; Isa. 54:5).
We worship the only God, our Saviour, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ our Lord (Jude 24,25).
God’s first creation was a family of spirit beings, who had roles to fulfil (Deut. 32:8). One of the ranks of Morning Star is the god of this world (2Cor. 4:4). This entity was blameless on creation, but became rebellious (Ez. 28:14,15). He became Satan the Adversary, a liar and a murderer (1Jn. 3:8; Jn. 8:44).
Christ was born of woman, and as a man he died and was resurrected (Acts 13:30,37). Because of his death, we have a sacrifice provided by God the Father. Christ was seen by men so could not be the One True God (1Tim 6:16).
Christ as "god with us" had to have been an elohim. He was born of woman and gave up his former glory (Jn. 17:5,24). From his genealogies we see he qualified as king, through the Davidic line, apart from Jeconiah, and as priest through the family of Levi. The lineage is narrowed in John 7:42. Psalm 110:1-7 refers to Christ as a priest of the order of Melchizadek. Christ was of the root of Jesse (Isa. 11:1,10), of David’s line (Jer. 23:5-8). The texts confound modern Christianity as they show absolutely Messiah will rule on earth, and that there will be a second exodus to establish Israel (see also Isa. 66:18-24). Micah 5:2 shows Messiah would be born in Bethlehem.
The Kingdom of God offered to Messiah is everlasting (Psa. 145:11-13; Luke 1:32-33).
We believe in the One True God, as do the demons (Jas. 2:19), but they refuse to obey. They long to look into the plan of God (1Pet. 1:12).
All the Host of heaven sang and were joyous at the creation of the physical realm (Job 38:4-7). It is generally believed the spiritual creation preceded the physical; that Satan rebelled; that God chose Christ as sacrifice and made him the only born son. He became the first-born from the dead, and achieved his position as Son of God in power from his resurrection from the dead (Rom. 1:4).
In his role as a man, he (Yahoshua) was sent by his Father (Jn. 16:27) to do his Father’s will (Jn. 5:30; Heb.10:9). His will was entirely subjugated to that of his Father, even to death on the cross (Phil. 2:6-8).
He was sent to be an example (Jn. 13:12-17; 1Pet. 2:21) and to build a church (Mat. 16:18).
This is acknowledged by traditional Christianity, but they refuse to keep the Law as He did.
Christ also came to bring division, which does not receive much exposure (Lk. 12:51; Mat 10:34-36; Mic.7:6). He did not cause division, but because the carnal mind is enmity to God (Rom. 8:7), what he preached and what he stood for, and as the Lamb of God was, and is, resisted by mankind.
The Lamb’s sacrifice was for all mankind and for the fallen host as well (Heb 9:26). His sacrifice covered our sins up to baptism, and future sins upon repentance.
From Hebrews 9:5 we see there were 2 cherubim over the mercy seat. Philippians 2:6-8 (RSV) shows Christ’s attitude of humility, and the opposite attitude of Satan (the other cherub) in Isaiah 14:l4. So by his death and obedience Christ has replaced the adversary and accuser and has become our Mediator at the right hand of God. He qualified to become the Morning Star, and will share that rule with his household (Rev 2:28, 22:16), sharing also the divine nature of God (1Pet 1:4).
Messiah also established the order of Melchizadek to create a priesthood without genealogy, thus opening it up for the calling of Gentiles to the priesthood.
At his second coming the people of Jerusalem will be as strong as David, and those who are changed to spirit beings (the house of David) will become elohim, as the Angel of Yahovah before them (Zec. 12:8). The Angel of Jehovah was the Angel of Great Council of the LXX (Isa. 9:6) and Israel’s second God. This Angel was an elohim and was the face of God, the Peniel of the Patriarchs, the El Bethel or God of the house of God of Abraham (Gen. 31:11-13; 32:24-30).
The New Testament confirms that God the Father was the God of Israel of the Old Testament and that Christ came as His Messiah and Servant as prophesied (Isa 42:1-4; Mat. 12:18-21; Lk 1:30-35) and chosen of God (Lk. 9:35, 23:35). This Son of God has been appointed "heir of all things" (Heb. 1:1,2).
Christ’s second coming will be in power to put down ALL rebellion (Heb. 9:28) and eventually hand the Kingdom to God, His Father (1Cor. 15:24-25).
The assertion that the plan of God was completed with Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection is erroneous. All persons and the fallen host who repent will be forgiven and Christ’s atoning sacrifice will cover all. God the Father is Saviour and Redeemer, having sent Christ as the atoning sacrifice (Isa. 44:6, 45:21, 47:4, 63:16). His second advent will bring eternal life to those who await him, to assist in the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth during the millennial rule.
When all enemies are conquered, Christ will hand the Kingdom over to His Father (1Cor 15:24). The Law Order of the Millennium henceforth will be God’s Law, administered with justice and love and mercy. This law is no burden and is Holy, Just and Good, stemming from the abiding nature of the One True God, Who is Holy, and the centre of Goodness (Deut. 32:4; Ps. 25:8, 145:17; Rom. 7:12,). This Law has not been done away as antinomians would have all to believe. It is spiritual, Everlasting, Righteous, Perfect and Truth.
God’s people have wandered in the wilderness of this evil world for 2000 years, and we eagerly await Christ’s second advent, and the continuation of the Plan of God, as displayed in His Feast Days. Therefore we pray to our Father for Christ’s return and for the restitution of all things (Acts 3:21; 1Cor. 8:6).
Some people are concerned that redemption would be denied by the use of any but one name for God and/or Messiah. Salvation is from the One True God through the sacrifice of His Son, and not through the speaking of a name.
In Malachi 1:6 God castigates the priests who despise His name. It is our conduct that defames God.
Daniel and his three friends were given names of foreign gods, and were known by these names, but their God was still The God.
The name Yahoshua was a common Hebrew name. It was Messiah’s obedient sacrifice that saves us, and not the use of the Hebrew name.
Our salvation is from the sacrifice of the only born Son of God who now has been given a place above all the rest of the physical and spiritual creation.
Our eternal life is dependant on our understanding of who is the only God Most High and who is the Messiah whom He sent. John 17:3: "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent".
The roles of Messiah show that He has been:
A spiritual Son amongst the other sons;
as the elohim who dealt with the Adamic creation;
as a priest Messiah of Aaron who has redeemed ALL from sin; and
as the king Messiah of Israel who returns to save those who wait for Him.