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Friday, February 22, 2013

Favorite Christological Title of Jesus Christ In the New Testament

The other day, I was reflecting on NT Theology and the different titles of Jesus that are central to NT Theology. It was very difficult to determine what could be my favorite Christological title for Jesus Christ. However, I think I determined it.

Because of the rich OT context and theological importance of sacrifice, my favorite Christological title for Jesus Christ is him as our great substitute, the "Lamb of God" (John 1:29, 36; cf. Acts 8:32; 1 Cor. 5:7; 1 Pet. 1:18-20; Rev. 5:6, 8, 12, 13; 6:1, 16; 7:9, 10, 14, 17; 8:1; 13:8, 11; 14:4, 10; 15:3; 17:14; 19:7, 9; 21:9, 14, 22, 23, 27; 22:1, 22:3). Viewing Jesus as the "Lamb of God" indicates that all of the law was fulfilled by him to be righteous, and all sins were placed on him for our justification. The ramifications are massive because the OT context never actually removed sins, but rather covered them with mediated sacrifices of atonement which needed to be continually renewed. Yet, Jesus Christ laid down his life as a perfect sacrifice providing once and for all expiation of sin through his atonement.

As God in the flesh, his sacrifice was a divine transaction that brought finality (cf. John 19:30; Rom. 5:20-21; Heb. 7-10). And because of his sacrifice as the "Lamb of God," gospel followers of Jesus Christ obtain salvation. I looked back on this Christological title and thought to myself, "Since Jesus is described as the Lamb of God, his substitutionary work enables me, by grace through faith in the gospel, to become a  new creation, have a new life, look forward to a new heavens & earth, and look forward to singing a new song declaring, "Worthy is the Lamb!" Indeed, this is why I love this Christological title so much. Amen!

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