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date: 17 October 2019

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Christ does not do his work alone: the Father and the Spirit work in and through him. Nor can Christ’s work be separated from his person. Christ’s work is astonishingly multifaceted. It is not encapsulated by one single idea, such as substitution or sacrifice. It takes the length and breadth of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, to perform his work. Christ’s work does not only refer to his death but to everything he does. Jesus’ work includes mediating creation and new creation. He inaugurates God’s rule. He welcomes the poor and vulnerable into the kingdom. He forgives, delivers from sin, and conquers evil, Satan, and death. He brings God’s peace, God’s shalom. He offers himself as a sacrifice for sin. He creates the community of the new covenant. Jesus’ ultimate work is to reign as Lord.

Keywords: Christ’s work, Father, Spirit, new creation, God’s rule, poor, Satan, Shalom, sacrifice, new covenant

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