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The Incarnation: Revealing the Father

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One of the missions of Christ was to reveal the Father

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Introduction

One one of the missions of Christ was to reveal the Father.
Matthew 11:27 KJV 1900
All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
John 17:6 KJV 1900
I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
“Name” is often used to designate the person.
The word, “name” here includes that attributes and character of the Father.
Jesus made known the character, His law, His plan of salvation - Jesus revealed the Father.

Lesson Goals

Explain the purpose of Christ in revealing the Father
To understand the different manners in which Christ revealed the Father.

Definitions of Terms/Phrases

Preeminence: Precedence; priority of place; superiority in rank and dignity
Omnipresent: Theological term that refers to unlimited nature of God; God is able to be everywhere as all times.

1. The Proclamation of His Name

Matthew 16:13–16 KJV 1900
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.
A. The Proclamation of Peter - Christ
Greek for “Christ” is Christos, meaning “anointed”
The Greek translation is the Hebrew word for “Messiah”
B. The Proclamation of the Twelve
C. The Proclamation of those in the ship
D. The Proclamation of those He healed
E. The Proclamation of Paul

2. The Preeminence of His name

A. The Inevitability of Jesus
It is impossible to avoid Him
You might try to explain Him by saying He is someone other than He has declared Himself to be; but you will not avoid Him.
There are no such thing as secret followers of Jesus, you must fearlessly confess to others what you firmly believe.
B. The Inclusiveness of Jesus
This was not just personal opinion
C. The Exclusiveness of Jesus
Any preacher who does not present Christ is a false prophet
Any cause unrelated to the kingdom of Christ is a cause not worth following or investing in.
Any person who does not love the Lord, cannot be truly saved. You do not obey and follow someone just for no apparent reason, there is motivation behind it; LOVE.

3. The Progressiveness of His Name

The name, “Lord Jesus Christ” is progressive
In the OT, God was shroud behind a veil.
Sin had put a wall between man and a Holy God
Israel knew little about God, nothing of Jesus or the Holy Spirit.
All that they learned about God, they learned through the Priest.
Jesus came to reveal the Father as the Holy Spirit today reveals the Son.
A. In the OT, God is revealed as the Creator and Governor
Hebrew for “Father” means, “chief, principle”
Greek for “Father” means, “parent
In the OT, God is unapproachable
In the NT, Christ made God to be approachable
B. Christ came to reveal the Father (13 different means of revelation)
Through the testimony of the saint,
Through the prayers of the saints,
Through the care for the saints,
Through the power of the Savior,
Through the sufficiency of the Savior,
Through the love of the Savior,
Through the supply of the Savior,
Through the trust of the believer, ;
Through the birth of the believer,
Through the compassion of the Savior,
Through the creation of the saint,
Through the faith of the saint,
Through the wisdom of the Savior,
Note: God is never without a testimony or revelation.
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