THERE IS A VICAR OF CHRIST
HIS NAME IS THE HOLY SPIRIT
The word "vicar" means deputy-one who has been sent to take
another's place. The Lord Jesus Christ, knowing the need for an
infallible Vicar for His church, speaks of the coming of the Holy
Spirit and His office as Vicar of Christ. St. John 14:26- "But the
Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my
name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your
remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
St. John 15:26-"But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send
unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth
from the Father, He shall testify of me." St. John 16:7-"Nevertheless
I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away; for if I
go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I
will send Him unto you."
St. John 16:13,14-"Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come,
He will guide you into all truth...He shall glorify me: for He shall
receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you."
THE IDENTITY OF THE VICAR OF CHRIST
If someone were to approach you on the street and say,"I am the
President of the United States" you might believe him. Of course, if
you personally knew the President, or if you had documented evidence
that he were someone else, you would deny the claim of the imposter.
The Pope claims to be the Vicar of Christ; those who know the Holy
Spirit immediately reject his claim, and others can see the documented
evidence that proves this man to be an imposter.
THE PERFECTION OF THE VICAR OF CHRIST
The Lord Jesus Christ, Himself the Infinite Son of God, knew that
the Church would need an infallible Vicar to keep it from errors that
would assail her. Rather than designate a man, He appointed the Holy
Spirit, Himself not only infallible, but infinitely perfect.
There is a sharp contrast between the person and work of the Holy
Spirit and that of the pope of Rome, who claims to be the Vicar of
Christ. Papal "infallibility" is an empty doctrine when compared to
the infinity of the Holy Spirit.
DOES THE CHURCH NEED A VISIBLE HEAD?
"We walk by faith, and not by sight" (2 Cor. 5:7) Do you trust
the judgement of a human imposter or the ability of God Himself to
guide you into all truth?
THE WORK OF THE VICAR OF CHRIST
1. He convicts of sin (Jn.16:8). Only He can show you that, outside
of Christ, you are infinitely lost.
2. He testifies of Christ (Jn. 15:26). He reveals to your heart the
Bible truths of a crucified and resurrected Saviour.
3. When you respond to this heart-revelation, the Holy Spirit
baptizes you into the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13). By this
regenerative act you are born again. (Jn. 3:5)
If you are incorrectly assuming that the pope is the Vicar of
Christ, your salvation is being worked out by his system-the Mass,
Confessional and Sacraments. You are invited to put your trust for
eternity in the Christ of the Bible who completed a work on Calvary
for your eternal salvation (Heb. 10:11-18)
COPYWRIGHT 1987 by Bill Jackson
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