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The Offices of Christ

“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among their brothers”

(Deuteronomy 18:15)

In Deuteronomy 16, Moses reminded the people of the various religious festivals such as Passover, Feast of Weeks and Feast of Tabernacles (see also Ex. 23:14-17). He also spoke to them about certain requirements for the appointment of judges (see also Ex. 18). In Deuteronomy 17 and 18, Moses spoke to the people about the prophets, priests and kings. Why is this so important? Because as Christians we believe that Jesus Christ perfectly fulfilled all 3 offices as the Once-For-All Time Perfect Prophet, Priest and King.

How does Christ execute the office of Prophet?

Jesus Christ is the Word of God (John 1:1-3; 14) who perfectly revealed, for all time, the will of God (Heb. 1:1-2; John 15:15) for the salvation and edification of the people of God (Mt. 11:25-30; John 1:18; 10:27-30; Acts 3:22-23). Interestingly, Moses had predicted, through Divine inspiration, that God would eventually raise up the Perfect Prophet.

The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him. (Deuteronomy 18:5 NASB)

How does Christ execute the office of Priest?

Jesus Christ is the Perfect High Priest who offered Himself, once for all, as the fully sufficient Perfect Sacrifice for His people, and now sits at the right hand of the Father because the job was completed (Heb. 7:27; 10:1-18). Unlike the human priests, who were imperfect and died, Jesus Christ lives forever and thus has a permanent priesthood where He always lives to intercede for His people, and thus is able to save completely those who come to God through Him (Heb. 7:23-25). Interestingly, Moses had shown, through divine inspiration, the weakness and inadequacy of the Levitical priesthood, not only were they unable to offer a once-for-all sacrifice for sins (they kept standing), but they needed the support of others to help them in their constant and continual daily priestly duties.

“Now this shall be the priests’ due from the people, from those who offer a sacrifice, either an ox or a sheep, of which they shall give to the priest the shoulder and the two cheeks and the stomach. You shall give him the first fruits of your grain, your new wine, and your oil, and the first shearing of your sheep. For the Lord your God has chosen him and his sons from all your tribes, to stand and serve in the name of the Lord forever.” (Deuteronomy 18:3-5 NASB)

How does Christ execute the office of King?

Jesus Christ has brought a people to Himself, subduing us and making us alive even when we were dead in our sins and trespasses. And He brought us to Himself through His all-powerful grace and mercy (Eph. 2:1-10). He is the conquering King who made a public spectacle of Satan (Col. 2:15), and He holds the keys to death and hades (Rev. 1:18). He is the Ruler of all things (Eph. 1:21-23), the Sovereign Lord of creation and the church (Col. 1:15-20). Interestingly, Moses had shown, through divine inspiration, the weakness and inadequacy of the earthly kings. They were warned about the temptations of pride (horses), prosperity (gold) and promiscuity (women), something that even a wise king like Solomon could not avoid (1 Kings 10-11).

Moreover, he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor shall he cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, since the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall never again return that way.’ He shall not multiply wives for himself, or else his heart will turn away; nor shall he greatly increase silver and gold for himself. (Deuteronomy 17:16-17 NASB)

Today’s Prayer: Dear Lord, You are Infinite in Your Being and Perfection. You are the Holy and Almighty Prophet, Priest and King. And You are truly worthy of all praise and adoration. You are my Lord and Savior, and I want to obey You in a way that is truly pleasing and honorable to You. In Jesus Name, Amen

For further reading: Deuteronomy 16-18
 

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