The Offices of Christ–Christ as Prophet

Posted: December 13, 2008 in Uncategorized

The Old Testament prophet Moses promised that God would one day raise “a prophet like me” (Deut. 18:15-18).  Jesus was (and is) that prophet but is also much more.  In fact, the New Testament authors avoid calling Jesus “the prophet” because, as Wayne Grudem writes, “He is the one about whom the prophecies in the Old Testament were made” (Luke 24:27).  Moreover, Jesus was not “merely a messenger of revelation from God…but was himself the source of revelation from God.”  Therefore, Jesus does not state “Thus says the Lord” as the Old Testaments prophets did but often prefaces his teachings with “But I say unto you” (Matt. 5:22; et al.).

Yet, Jesus is our true prophet in the sense that his words are are wholly authoritative, which always makes the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7) disturbing reading!  When was the last time you perused it? Give it a shot and then ask yourself how you are doing.

Tomorrow, Christ as Priest. Until then, grace and peace.

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