Friday, January 20, 2012

Jesus Christ 1,2,3 - His Three Offices

Hebrews 7:26 For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens;

In this final part of our short blog series: "Jesus Christ 1,2,3", we have taken a quick tour of the person and work of Christ.  We have used the simple outline of Jesus Christ being One person, having two natures occupying three offices.  Today's blog will deal with the three offices in which Jesus Christ is occupying.

As Prophet - He reveals God to His people
Hebrews 1:1-3 tells us that Jesus Christ is the exact radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being.  As Prophet He reveals God to His people.  By virtue of His glorified humanity He can communicate who God is by the Holy Spirit through the scriptures.  By virtue of His Deity, He is the exact picture of who God is and is pointed to by the Holy Spirit through the scriptures.

As Priest - He represents the people before His Heavenly Father
As we saw in the opening verse of today's blog, He is the believer's representative.  As our High Priest, He is able to mediate between God and man due to the fact He is both God and man. (1 Timothy 2:5; 1 John 2:1-2) 

As King, He rules over His people and reigns supreme
By being exalted above the Heavens, Jesus Christ as the Eternal Son reigns over His church and in an inaugurated way, over this world. (Ephesians 2).  Once He returns, His Kingdom will manifest as an earthly one for 1,000 years.  Then once He hands over all things to His Father, he will ever reign as King over His people. (Revelation 21-22)

How Christ's three-fold offices relate to the Christian life
In this blog site the aim is to provide growing Christian resources for the Christian life that is practical, doctrinal and supernatural.  These three traits are the most fundamental way of describing the Christian walk.  The Christian life cannot be defined apart from Jesus Christ.  When I consider Christ as my King, practically I am to submit myself to Him, doctrinally I acknowledge His claims on my life and supernaturally His Kingdom is a reality operating in my heart and one that is yet to come.  

When I consider Christ as my prophet, practically I turn to the scriptures to understand what He has to say, supernaturally I can hear Him through the scriptures and doctrinally build my understanding of Him upon the word of God.  Then with Christ being as the believer's High Priest, I practically serve with other saints as a kingdom of priests, representing Christ; supernaturally I seek God through His ministry and  doctrinally I know that Christ is the only mediator between God and man. (1 Timothy 2:5)  

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