The Incomparable Christ

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There is none who can be compared with the Lord Jesus Christ. Why is He incomparable? I would like to answer that question by considering what the Scriptures teach concerning His Supreme Person, Position and Provisions.

His Supreme Person
The Lord Jesus Christ is not presented as a simple person in the Scriptures, instead He is announced as the Supreme Person ( and ). The Scriptures provide many names for Him, but if we were to consider three names commonly attributed to Him (“Jesus”, “Christ”, and “Lord”) we will gain great insight. Jesus. The name “Jesus” literally means, “Jehovah will save.” In the angel announced to Joseph concerning Mary: “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” This name actually describes what He will be doing. This name is a fitting designation for the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is only one saving and sure means of salvation, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. The apostle Peter declared with great boldness, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” ().  The Lord Jesus Christ is the only Saviour that can truly save people from their sin and the just judgement of God – He is Jesus.

Secondly, He is the Christ. The term “Christ” is the Greek version (Christos) of the Hebrew word for Messiah. In the New Testament it is used of Jesus as both a title and a name. This word literally means, the “anointed one.” In the Old Testament, kings, priests and prophets (; ; ) were anointed. This anointing with oil symbolically represented the imparting of the Holy Spirit to the individual. The Lord Jesus is called “Christ” for He is the “Anointed One” from God. As the Messiah, He possesses the three-fold office: prophet, priest and king. As Prophet, He brings God’s truth to His people in a complete way that no other prophet could do. The invisible God became visible through Jesus Christ. As Priest, He brings His people to God in a complete way, for He was the perfect sacrifice that bore the wrath of God and brought forgiveness of sin. As King, He rules over His people, and will one day return and reign on earth and for all eternity will be King of kings. He is Christ.

Thirdly, He is Lord. This term in its most basic sense indicates respect and honour. However, this is not the meaning employed in the NT epistles. “Lord” as a title reveals His exalted authority as the great sovereign ruler and master (). This title is a great summary of who He is. Jesus Christ is Lord, and for this reason, He is to be worshipped and adored. He is Lord.

His Supreme Position
The second reason why He is incomparable is because of His Supreme Position. When it comes to creation we learn that He is the Father’s agent in creation (; ), He is eternal and therefore was before all creation (; ), and He is the sustainer of creation (). Concerning His position in the church, He is supreme over it because of His Designations (), His Deity () and His Death (). Jesus Christ holds the Highest and most exalted position over all – He is supreme in His position.

His Supreme Provisions
Because the Saviour is supreme, He is sufficient for all His peoples needs. What a thought! God’s people can benefit from the sufficiency of Jesus Christ. It is the clear teaching of the Scriptures that the Christian has all the spiritual resources necessary for life and godliness. The apostle Paul said to the Corinthians, “And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (). Here we are told that by God’s initiative and grace the believer is placed in Christ, and in Him we have “wisdom”, “righteousness”, “sanctification” and “redemption.” It’s no wonder then that he said on another occasion, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (; cf. ). Think about the implication here, if the believer has received every spiritual blessing and has been made complete in Christ, it is clear that we can conclude that we as Christians already posses every spiritual resource in-order to be godly (cf. ). Why would we turn to anyone else for the sufficiency to live the Christian life?

John Owen makes the point that because of who Christ is, fixing our minds on Him is “the best, the most noble and beneficial truth that we can think about or set our hearts on.” He is unequaled in His Person, Position and Provisions. The Lord Jesus Christ is truly incomparable!

For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,

To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.

21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

16 And Jehu the son of Nimshi you shall anoint to be king over Israel, and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah you shall anoint to be prophet in your place.

15 saying, “Touch not my anointed ones,
do my prophets no harm!”

61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell,

20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,

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Andrew Courtis

Andrew Courtis

ANDREW - Serves as Pastor of Hills Bible Church. I am married to Dianne and we have three children (Kate, Emma and Jack). I was born and raised in Melbourne, moved to Adelaide to undertake theological studies (BMin.), and have completed additional studies with the Australian College of Theology (MATh.). I have served in pastoral ministry in both Melbourne and Sydney and am a qualified school teacher. I am committed to expository preaching and making the word of God known and understood.

One thought on “The Incomparable Christ”

  1. Hi Marcus. Your statement is not true. It is the clear testimony of Scripture that Jesus Christ is God:

    “…the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen”
    “For in him [Christ] the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily”
    “waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ”
    “But of the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom'”

    Though He is distinct from God the Father, He and the Father are one

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