Pristine Grace

The Person of Jesus Christ Apart from His Work?
by Scott Price
The Person of Jesus Christ Apart from His Work?

"But we preach Christ and Him crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God." I Corth 1:23-24 

    Many people in false religion have a mystical, romantic view of the person of Christ that is apart from His work of obedience and death on the cross. They think they can have fellowship and communion with Him in this way. This view leaves them ignorant of both His Person and His work. The only creatures that can fellowship acceptably with Christ apart from His work are the holy, sinless, unfallen angels. All human beings are sinners and in need of the work of Christ crucified. This work is the very thing that these holy angels, who do not need the work but yet still "desire to look into" (I Peter 1:12).

    The very name of the Person: Jesus Christ, refers to His work that He was sent by the Father to do, which was agreed upon in the eternal covenant of grace between the Trinity. "That shalt call His name Jesus because He shall save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21). God says in the end "that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow....and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of the Father" (Philippians 2:10-11).

    Preaching the gospel that is "the power of God" is not just using the personal pronoun "HIM" all the time. Preaching the gospel is preaching Jesus Christ and HIM crucified. This is what must be preached and also believed. I am a sinner that needs and trusts a Savior who by virtue of His blessed Person and His effectual work saves sinners like me. If I desire the salvation of others I will preach this Christ crucified. God is wise in His design of the gospel of grace so let us honor His wisdom by giving Him and His Son glory by preaching Christ crucified and NOT have silly notions of separating His work from His Person. Of course if you fit in the category of those sinless angels just forget everything I said.