Torrey - Christ -1.3- Divine Offices of Jesus

III. DIVINE OFFICES OF JESUS.

CREATION Hebrews 1:10 — "And thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thy hands." John 1:3 — "All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made." Colossians 1:16 — -"For by him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him."

First Proposition:Jesus Christ, the Lord, is Creator of all created things.

PRESERVATION Hebrews 1:3 — "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 our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high."

Second Proposition:Jesus Christ is the Preserver of all things.

THE FORGIVENESS OF SIN

Mark 2:5-10 — "When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? and immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins (he saith to the sick of the palsy)." Luke 7:48 — "And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.

Third Proposition: Jesus Christ had power on earth to forgive sins.

Note. He taught that sins were sins against Himself. (See Luke 7:40-47 — "And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me, therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And he turned unto the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she has washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.

Wherefore, I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.") He speaks both of Simon and the woman as sinners, being debtors to himself. (Compare to Psalm 51:4 — "Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.")

RAISING OF THE DEAD

John 6:39,44 — -"And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day."

Fourth Proposition: It is Jesus Christ who raises the dead.

QUESTION: Did not Elijah and Elisha raise the dead? No. God raised the dead in answer to their prayer, but Jesus Christ raises the dead by his own word. During his humiliation it was by prayer that Christ raised the dead. (See John 11:41 — "Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid.

And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.")

TRANSFORMATION OF BODIES

Philippians 3:21 RV — "Who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is able to subject all things unto himself."

Fifth Proposition: Jesus Christ shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation into the likeness of His glorious body.

JUDGMENT

2 Timothy 4:1 RV — "I charge thee in the sight of God, and of Christ Jesus, who shall judge the quick and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom."

Sixth Proposition:Jesus Christ shall judge the quick and the dead.

Note. Jesus Himself emphasized the divine character of this office. John 5:22-23 — "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: that all men should honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father which hath sent Him."

THE BESTOWAL OF ETERNAL LIFE

John 10:28 — "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." John 17:2 — "As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him."

Seventh Proposition: Jesus Christ is the giver of eternal life.

Concluding Proposition: Seven distinctly divine offices are predicated of Jesus Christ.