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Identifying the Christ
1 John 2:2 and 1 John 5:1
If you trust a false Christ, you are antichrist. If you would trust the Christ of God, you must know who he is. You cannot trust an unknown Christ. This is what the Book of God says. — “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.” If you trust the Christ of God, the Christ revealed in the Book of God, you are born of God. — “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.”
In one verse of Holy Scripture (Daniel 9:24) a clear, unmistakable distinction is made between the Christ of God and every false Christ. By the things recorded in this one verse of Holy Scripture we are given all that is needed to identify the true Christ from all imposters. Here is a prophecy concerning the Christ of God, the Messiah, of whom all the Law and the Prophets spoke throughout the Old Testament. Here are six things God the Holy Ghost tells us the Christ must accomplish, six things Jehovah’s righteous Servant must perform for the salvation of his people.
In the 9th chapter of the Gospel of Daniel we have Daniel’s great prayer which he offered to God for himself and the children of Israel, confessing the sins of the people, extolling God’s greatness and majesty as God, and seeking his mercy. Then the man Gabriel appeared to Daniel, assured him of the coming of Christ and of our Savior’s great accomplishments as our Savior at God’s appointed time (Daniel 9:20-24).
In verse 24 God’s prophet declared these six things by which the Lord Jesus Christ, according to the divinely inspired Word of God, has saved his people from their sins. — “There is no other God that can deliver after this sort!”
Finish the Transgression
First, Gabriel told Daniel that when the Christ appeared, when the Messiah was cut off, crucified and slain at Jerusalem, in the midst of the 70th week he would, by the sacrifice of himself, “finish the transgression.” That is precisely what our blessed Savior did when our transgressions were laid on him, made his, and borne by him, when he carried them all away in the stream of his precious blood, when he made satisfaction for us. They shall never be seen or brought up again!
An End of Sins
Second, the Lord Jesus came here in our flesh to “make an end of sins.” Yes, our blessed Savior abolished the sins of his people forever when he paid to the full the price of our ransom, by the sacrifice of himself! He made an end of sins, all the sins of those people for whom he suffered and died (1 John 3:5). No charge can be brought against us. No curse of the law can reach us. No sentence of the law can be executed upon us. No punishment can be inflicted on us. We are entirely and completely saved from all our sins and all the evil consequences of them forever!
Reconciliation for Iniquity
Third, the Son of God came into the world to save his people from their sins by making “reconciliation for iniquity,” by making blood atonement for it. By his precious blood, by the sacrifice of himself, by his sufferings and death, the law and justice of God were fully satisfied, full reparation was made for the injury done by sin, for all our iniquities (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).
Fourth, our dear Savior came here “to bring in everlasting righteousness” for his people, to restore that which he took not away, righteousness by which he magnified the law and made it honorable. He earned righteousness for us by his obedience and bestowed righteousness upon us by his grace. It is his righteousness that we receive by faith in him. And it is an everlasting, indestructible righteousness. This righteousness is a robe of righteousness that will never wear out. Its virtue to justify will continue forever. It is perfect righteousness, the very righteousness of God!
Seal Up the Vision
Fifth, by his obedience unto death and his resurrection from the dead, our Lord Jesus Christ “sealed up the vision and prophecy.” That is to say, “He fulfilled all the law, all the prophets, all the types, and all the promises of the Old Testament Scriptures.
Anoint the Most Holy
Sixth, Christ came here “to anoint the most Holy,” not the most holy place, but the most holy people (Galatians 3:13-14). God’s elect, Christ redeemed, being born again, are “most holy,” not comparatively holy, but “most holy,” perfectly holy, absolutely holy. Being washed in his blood and born of his Spirit, we have in him, with him, and by him that “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord…Christ in you the hope of glory” (Hebrews 12:14; Colossians 1:27).
Imagine that! Poor, ruined, wretched sinners like you and me are called by our God “the most Holy.” Washed in the blood of Christ, clothed with his righteousness, and sanctified by his Spirit, we are in union with the Lamb of God, “the most Holy!”
“With His spotless garments on,
Holy as the Holy One!”
Rejoice, O my soul, rejoice! — “For he hath made him sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21) — “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.” (1 John 5:1) — And “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.” (1 John 2:22) — “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God.” (1 John 4:2)
I believe, I confess, joyously I confess that Jesus is the Christ. He has accomplished all that God in the Book has declared the Christ would accomplish. He who saves after this sort, He alone is God; and He alone is the Christ, the Messiah.