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Acts 1:9-11

Acts 1:9–11 KJV 1900
9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

The Present Work of Christ

Introduction

Luke 24:50–51 KJV 1900
50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
What is the present work of Christ?
The life of Christ
Birth - miraculous and prophesied
Ministry
Death -
Resurrection - actual, bodily, and physical
Ascension - from earth to heaven, from man to God.
Return - will be actual, bodily, and physical
We are very familial with the works of Christ during his ministry. Those actions were made evident in his 3 year ministry of Christ on this earth.
These events are recorded in the Gospels (Mat, Mrk, Luk, Joh)
Christ is not dead, he is risen! He is alive today!
There is much evidence in scripture that is proof of an risen and ascended Christ!
Stephen saw Christ at God’s right hand.
(other examples)
So, the works of a risen Christ continues this very day.
What are the present works of Christ?
The present works of Christ are those things that He is responsible for from the time of his ascension to the time of his coming for the church.
We will look five of the presents works of Christ.
This is important because we as believes are interacting each day with risen saviour that is alive. We are not following the teaching of dead religion. But rather living out the desires of a living Saviour.
Tonight we will examine five important works that are currently active between the believer and Christ.

Christ the Head of the Body

Colossians 1:18 KJV 1900
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Ephesians 5:23 KJV 1900
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
Ephesians 1:22–23 KJV 1900
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
The body of Christ is the church. The Body of Christ - that is us! He is the head, we are the body.
We are brought into the body by baptism

13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

2 Corinthians 12:13 KJV 1900
13 For what is it wherein ye were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you? forgive me this wrong.
Christ as the head of the church that is to set its direction and activity.
The thought is
The key thought...
Christ is to be leader, the director, the head of the church.
We are the church.
Do we allow Christ to be the HEAD?
How can I let CHRIST be the head of the church.
Defer our way to his way!
Our way - our thoughts.
His way - scripture.
To allow Christ to be the head is to seek a scriptural direction.

That we do not violate scripture boundaries

That we do not omit scriptural directives

Christ the Great Shepherd

John 10:1–11 KJV 1900
1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. 4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. 6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. 7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. 10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

Christ is the good shepherd giving his life for his sheep.

Sheep and shepherds we a common part of the life of the Jews. It is not surprising that this an analogy that was used to describe Christ's relationship with his people.
The shepherd was the overseer and caregiver of the sheep.
Shepherd as the protector and leader of the sheep.

Christ is the great shepherd working in you now.

Hebrews 13:20 KJV 1900
20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
Hebrews 13:20–21 KJV 1900
20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Christ the Bridegroom

1 Peter 5:4 KJV 1900
4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Our Great Shepherd will return

Christ the Bridegroom

We see another aspect of Christ as the spouse and lover of his people.

Christ is committed to the church

2 Corinthians 11:2 KJV 1900
2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
He is commited to us as husband.
As when a man makes that decision to propose. -
Saying, you are the only one for me, there is no other!

Christ gives of himself for the church

Ephesians 5:25–27 KJV 1900
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Christ is willing to sacrifice for his church. In fact, he already has proven that with his trip to Calvary.
Why? So he can present his bride, the church, clean and pure.
How was he to do this? Through his WORD!
“washing of water by the word”

Christ has a future planned for His bride

Revelation 19:6–8 KJV 1900
6 And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. 7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
rev 19:
The LORD is certainly planning for the future eternity to spend with his bride. She will clothed in righteousness and the preparations have been made.
If Christ is making preparations for you, the natural question is this…are you making preparations in your life for Him?
A large meal is extensive and can be take much planning. I know that GOD can just “do it” but the implication is that he is preparing for you!
Ephesians 5:25–33 KJV 1900
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
John 14:2 KJV 1900
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
eph 5:23
Christ is in a time of preparation.

Christ the High Priest

Hebrews 5:4–10 KJV 1900
4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. 5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. 6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. 7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
heb 5

The Nature of His priesthood

Christ fulfilled all of the qualities of a Priest.
He was made a priest by God ()
He ministered spiritual things
He offered sacrificial things to God
after the order of Melchizedek
Psalm 11:4 KJV 1900
The Lord is in his holy temple, The Lord’s throne is in heaven: His eyes behold, His eyelids try, the children of men.
Psalm 110:4 KJV 1900
The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever After the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 5:10 KJV 1900
Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
Melchizedek was a priest before there was an Aaronic priesthood!
Christ did not have to come from the lineage of Aaron, but rather a direct appointment of God! - Like Melchizedek
Christ had done away with the old covenant and system of priest and sacrifices. One sacrifice for all, and now an eternal priesthood in christ.

His sacrifice as High Priest

He sacrificed himself.
Christ was both the sacrifice and the sacrificer!
He was the lamb and the priest!

His intercession as High Priest

Romans 8:34 KJV 1900
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Hebrews 7:25 KJV 1900
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
heb
Christ is that mediator. That go-between. That one that affects the relationship between God and man.
He is interceding on our behalf even now.

The High Priest and the priesthood of believers

1 Peter 2:5 KJV 1900
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Believers are a royal priesthood.
This is one of several of the baptist distinctives that differentiate Baptists from other named groups.
We believe in a priesthood of believers.
We no longer need approach God through another man, a priest, we have direct access as priest, with Jesus Christ as our High Priest.

Christ the True Vine

John 15:1–5 KJV 1900
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Christ in interested in fruit

John 15:1 KJV 1900
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
The vine is the one that has the ability to provide the resources that yield fruit.
When you attached to the vine, there is both evidence and benefit.
Are you bearing fruit in your christian life?

Christ helps us to be fruitful

We are to be attached to Christ - he is the source.
The
Without him we can do nothing.
He is also willing to trim and purge to help us to be more fruitful!
Are you allowing him to trim and purge?

Christ wants to abide with us

evidence and benefit
John 15:4–5 KJV 1900
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Christ wants to abide with us

He desires for us to be close and abide in him.
He wants that!
He loves that!
And there is great benefit when we do abide.
Are you abiding?

Summary

Why is understanding the present work of Christ important?
It is important to understand these relationships that Christ has with his believers because CHRIST is alive and WORKING today!
We serve a God that is risen. That is alive and working at this very moment.
It is vital that we understand how we are to interact with him on a regular basis.
as the Head - Direct you
as the Shepherd -protect you
as the Groom - love you
As the high priest - serve with you
As the vine - sustain you

Call to action

What is your response to Christ in these areas.?
Allow Christ to do His present work in you life. For the time will come when that work will cease.

Prayer

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