Fulfilment in Jesus
Do You have eyes of flesh? Or do You see as man sees? Are Your days like the days of a mortal man?…
Job 10:4-5 (NKJV)
Some theologians consider the book of Job to be the oldest book of the Bible and that Job lived in the age of the patriarchs approximately at the time of Abraham. Throughout the ages human beings have asked the same fundamental questions about their relationship with God and have come to some deep spiritual insights about life.
In the scripture quoted above, Job asks God the same question Christians ask today: does God really know what it is like to be a human being living in this present evil world?
Job also asked, “…how can a man be righteous before God?…” (Job 9:2). This is a question that theologians have sought to answer throughout the Christian era and was a core question of the Protestant Reformation. When posing this question differently, Job also gave the answer: “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? No one!” (Job 14:4). Job was blameless in the sense that he dealt with sin according to God’s requirements for Job’s time (Job 1:8); for example he offered burnt sacrifices for his children in case they had sinned (Job 1:5). Yet millennia ago, he understood that human beings cannot make themselves righteous before God or contribute to their salvation.
Although Job had a limited pre-Christian theology, he was aware that God could deal with sin: “If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, Till my change comes…My transgression is sealed up in a bag, And You cover my iniquity.” (Job 14:14,17).
Job recognised the need for an advocate to plead his case to God on his behalf: “Oh, that one might plead for a man with God, As a man pleads for his neighbor!” (Job 16:21).
He also knew he had a Redeemer and expressed confidence and assurance that he would survive death and corruption: “For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God…” (Job 19:25-26).
All these fundamental questions and spiritual insights that have spanned the ages, coalesce and find their fulfilment in Jesus Christ. As the ‘Word made flesh’ he has experienced and understands our human condition. We are justified, made right with God, through faith in and of Jesus. He is our Advocate, our Redeemer, and through him is the forgiveness of sins, and our salvation.
Father, we thank you for Jesus Christ, in whom alone there is salvation. In His name, Amen.
Study by Eddie Marsh
About the writer:
Eddie Marsh attends the Sheffield congregation of
Grace Communion International.
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