Jesus Christ - Sample Essay

If His divinity is validated by the resurrection, this in turn gives credence to anointment of his disciples to preach, convert and forgive sins in the name of Christ. The point that Christ suffered in the cross as a human being could also be construed as a recognition of man as intermediary to the divine. You don’t have to be divine to intercede in behalf of the sinner. Take note that John 20:22, when Jesus said, “receive the Holy Spirit” the implication is that the receiver is freed of sins to be able to forgive sins.

This is the core tenet of the priesthood which is effect an apostleship. The role of the apostle as an ambassador of Christ carried with it a power of discernment, as this passage suggests: John 20:23 – Jesus says, “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven. If you retain the sins of any, they are retained. ” The passage above is the rationale for the priesthood and a priest occupied a unique role in the Catholic conception and that which led to the formation of different religious orders under the Catholic Church.

This belief hinges on the continuity of the Catholic church to the Apostles and such a continuity is accomplished by handling the torch of faith from generation to generation of priesthood. Priesthood remains the core of the Roman Catholic Church whose activities are coordinated by the Vatican. But regardless of the institutional development undergone by the Church, the essential feature is that the absolution of sins is related to “receiving the Holy Spirit” as prerequisite of the power to absolve sins – in being an intermediary between mortals and the divine.

It is accepted that the power of the priests is posited on the assumption that they represent Jesus and this covenant sealed by receiving the Holy Spirit. This leads us to the conception of the Holy Trinity – the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit in the general conception of redemption from sin. To the Catholics, the role of Jesus Christ is generally well defined as gleaned from this passage from 1 Tim. 2:5: 1 Tim. {2:5} For there is one God, and one mediator of God and of men, the man Christ Jesus, {2:6} who gave himself as a redemption for all, as a testimony in its proper time.

If the role of Christ is well-defined, the Holy Spirit remains a deep mystery but its role is generally accepted as true as necessary in redemption as this passage from Acts 2:38: Peter (said) to them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. ” Here, the forgiveness is almost equated with the receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit through baptism and repentance. The nature of sin

The logical relationship of arguments for the authority of the apostles and by implications to anyone who follow the path of apostleship and in the case of the Catholic through priesthood follow a logical order. The nature of sin or acts which is against the covenant with God as for example the ten commandments is not only against the fellow people but acts against the will of God – sinning against God. With such a conception, sinning could be interpreted as turning away from God as this passage from Job 34:27, suggest, “Because they (humankind) turned away from him (God) and heeded none of his ways …

” The turning away of humankind from God is further clarified in many passages in the Bible such as Phil 3:14, clarifies the why follow the path laid through Jesus Christ: {3:14} I pursue the destination, the prize of the heavenly calling of God in Christ Jesus. {3:15} Therefore, as many of us as are being perfected, let us agree about this. And if in anything you disagree, God will reveal this to you also. {3:16} Yet truly, whatever point we reach, let us be of the same mind, and let us remain in the same rule.

In Phil 3:18-19, the foremost nature of sin is tacitly illustrated and subsequently what will be the consequence of sinning against God. {3:18} For many persons, about whom I have often told you (and now tell you, weeping,) are walking as enemies of the cross of Christ. {3:19} Their end is destruction; their god is their belly; and their glory is in their shame: for they are immersed in earthly things. {3:20} But our way of life is in heaven. And from heaven, too, we await the Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ…

Immersion in “earthly things” has many connotations to Catholic belief system that which leads to a hierarchy of sins as attested in the Catholic belief of mortal and venial sins as mentioned in 1 John 5:16-17 and Luke 12:47-48. Making such distinction has been the practice of the Catholic Church. It is easy to understand though that accepting the core logic of the continuity of apostleship to the priesthood and accepting the covenant with God, would lead to the distinction between sins and more important, the incorporation of confession to the practice of the Church.