First the Question: NOTHING of the LORD Jesus Christ’s work in Samaria is recorded in Matthew, Mark, or Luke. True or False?
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And now the answer to the LLM Question of 8-15-2011
Question: In relation to the Body of Christ, the LORD Jesus is NEVER called: Jesus of Nazareth or The Son of man. True or False?
Answer: TRUE! Out of the 703 responses we received 81.3% of you got it right! Therefore,
Today let us consider, THE GOSPEL OF JOHN....THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, pt. 8 of 12
IN THE FORM OF GOD
In the first chapter of John’s Record we read that the Lord Jesus is called, “The Word”. The Word was with God. The Word was God. The Word was the Creator of all things. (John 1:1-3…John 1:10). Then we read in John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” In John 1:29 He is called ‘JESUS’ “The Lamb of God Who beareth away the sin of the world.” Then in John 2:19 the Lord Jesus predicts that He will raise His body from death or destruction.
So in John 1 and in John 2:19 we have the truth of Philippians 2:5-11, which has been called “the greatest story of the ages” “Christ Jesus, Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery (a thing to be grasped after) to be equal with God. But made Himself of no reputation (emptied Himself), and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a NAME which is above every name, that at the NAME of Jesus; every knee should bow, in heaven, on earth and under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
The truth of Philippians 2:5-11 is told, in different language, in the Epistles to the Hebrews. Note Hebrews 1:1-3 concerning the One, by Whom God made the worlds, “Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His Person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Note the Father’s words to the Son, in Hebrews 1:8, “Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever.” Then Hebrews 2:9; “We see ‘JESUS’, Who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour: that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” He partook of flesh and blood, that He, through death, might destroy Satan’s death power. (Hebrews 2:14). In Hebrews 13:20 we read that God brought from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep. And we read in Hebrews 12:24 that believers have come to ‘JESUS’, the Mediator of the New Covenant.
Again the greatest story of the ages is told in the Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians. We read in Colossians 1:15-21, that our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God; that by Him and for Him all things were created. He is before all things and by Him all things consist. It pleased the Father that in Him all fulness should dwell (Colossians 1:19), yes ALL of the fullness of the God‑Head bodily (Colossians 2:9). The Lord Jesus made peace through the blood of His cross. (Colossians 1:20). In Colossians 3:1 we read that Christ is seated far above on the right hand of God. Every knee should bow to the Christ of Colossians. As we read Colossians 3:17 we know that Paul truly believed what Christ said in John 5:23 and John 12:26. Note Colossians 3:17, “Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the NAME of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father by Him.” Now the words of the Son of God, in John 5:23 and John 12:26, “That all men should honour the Son, EVEN as they honour the Father. He that honoureth NOT the Son honoureth NOT the Father Which hath sent Him”…“If any man serve Me, him will My Father honour.”
Many religious people will learn too late the truth of John 14:6 and 2 John 9. The LORD Jesus Christ said, “NO man cometh unto the Father but by Me.” (John 14:6). “Whosoever abideth not in the doctrine of Christ hath not God.” (2 John 9). Know this…At the NAME of ‘JESUS’ every knee should bow and every tongue confess that He is LORD. We are told in Romans 10:9-10, “if thou shalt confess with thy mouth that Jesus is LORD and believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
We read these words which the Holy Spirit directed the Apostle Peter to preach, in Acts 2:36, “let all of the house of Israel know assuredly that God hath made that same Jesus Whom ye have crucified both ‘LORD’ and ‘CHRIST’.” It is interesting to note that the title ‘LORD’, referring to Deity, is found more than 700 times in the New Testament Scriptures; that the word ‘CHRIST’ is found more than 570 times. It is likewise interesting to note the Apostle Paul, in His ‘ACTS’ ministry and in his fourteen Epistles, used the Name ‘JESUS’ about the same number of times the Name ‘JESUS’ is found in the twenty‑one chapters of John. There is this difference, however, in John’s Record the single Name ‘JESUS’ is used about 250 times without other titles; whereas in Paul’s ministry the single Name ‘JESUS’, without titles, is used only 22 times, eight of which are in Hebrews. There is a dispensational lesson for us in the first two times the apostle Paul used the single word ‘JESUS’; in Acts 13:23 and Acts 13:33-34.
The Lord called Himself “JESUS OF NAZARETH” at the time Saul (Paul) was converted. (Acts 22:8). Then, just ONCE Paul called the Savior, “JESUS OF NAZARETH.” (Acts 26:9). The Apostle Peter called Him “JESUS OF NAZARETH” in Acts 2:22, and Acts 10:38. He called Him “JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH” in Acts 3:6 and Acts 4:10. Someone else called Him “JESUS OF NAZARETH” in Acts 6:14. The Saviour is called “JESUS OF NAZARETH” in John 1:45, John 18:5 and John 19:19. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, He is called “JESUS OF NAZARETH” eight times. So in all of the New Testament Scriptures the Saviour is called “JESUS OF NAZARETH” twenty‑seven times.
Now…It is significant that the Lord Jesus in His relation to His Body, the Body of Christ, is NEVER called “Jesus of Nazareth” or “The Son of man.” This may be explained in 2 Cor. 5:16.
The Saviour is NOT called “The Lord Jesus Christ” in Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. In the Apostle Paul’s ministry He is called more than 110 times: “The Lord Jesus”, or “The Lord Jesus Christ,” or “Jesus Christ The Lord.” He is NOT called “Christ Jesus” in Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. In these four Records He is called “JESUS CHRIST” five times, and “JESUS, THE CHRIST” five times. Here we think of John 20:31 and Acts 2:36: “These things are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, and believing ye might have life through His Name”…“Let all of the house of Israel know assuredly that God hath made that same ‘JESUS’ Whom ye have crucified both ‘LORD’ and ‘CHRIST.’
The title that ALL Christians should use today is the title used by the Apostle Peter in 2 Peter 1:11, “Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ”, or by the Apostle Paul, in Titus 1:4, “The Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour.” The Apostle Paul called the Saviour, “Jesus Christ” and “Christ Jesus” more than 100 times. Perhaps, there is some reason why sometimes ‘Christ’ before Jesus, and other times ‘Jesus’ before Christ. Then many, many times Paul called the Saviour by the single title ‘Christ’, about 225 times. The total number of times the NAME ‘JESUS’ in the New Testament is about 977.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” Acts 16:31, while there is still time!
So There You Have it!
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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)