Everything which the Savior did and still does to save sinful mankind (His official acts) may not be ascribed to either of His natures exclusively, but must be ascribed to both natures conjointly (The Apotelesmaticum Genus). This study examines the execution of Christ’s work as the promised Prophet for us.
When the Scriptures speak of Jesus’ work of saving us, we see that He determined to do it by the taking on of human flesh. His incarnation was necessary so that He might begin the fulfillment of His salvific work for us. In St. Mark 1:38, Jesus says, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” The work of the God-Man, the whole Christ, is revealed in His preaching. Jesus didn’t just preach as would any ordinary man. “He who comes from heaven is above all. And what He has seen and heard, that He testifies” (Jn 3:31-32). Making use of His divine attributes, “He taught as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Mt 7:28-29).