Observers of the current Christian culture have noted that the church will continue to be challenged as a result of the general lack of teaching and application of the person and work of Christ.
The entirety of the Bible is the revelation from God concerning His plan of redemption centered in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, in short, what DID Jesus do? First, He knew that He accomplished something. The very last words He spoke from the cross were, “It is finished.” (John 19:30). Jesus proclaimed from the cross that He completed the work that the Father sent Him to do. He completed God’s plan of redemption!
Secondly, the Apostle Paul wrote that Jesus obeyed the Father to the point of death, even death on a cross,” (Philippians 2:8). So then, the mystery is solved. What did Jesus do? He obeyed the Father by completing God’s plan of redemption which He set in eternity.
Thirdly, Jesus’ work bears upon the life of every Christian. Jesus became our sin offering so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him, (2 Corinthians 5:21). Notice that Christians are called upon to become the righteousness of God in Christ. When we are seeking to understand a direction to take in life or when we are considering options before us, we are to seek the direction or the option that is holy. The Bible teaches that God’s will for every Christian is to be holy. We have committed to live under the Lordship of Christ. We live our lives under the word of God.
The Apostle Paul said that since he was crucified with Christ, as all true Christians are, he no longer lived but Christ lived in him and his life was lived by faith in the Son of God, (Galatians 2:20). When the Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, he phrased the Christian Life with different words. He said, “We walk by faith, not by sight … if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” (2 Corinthians 5:7, 17).
To live in Christ is to live in response to what Jesus did. It is to walk by faith understanding what God the Holy Spirit has done in making us new creations. We must know what we believe and why. Simply put, Christians seek to learn and the church teaches who Jesus is and what He did!
Lou Tiscione is pastor of Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA).