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Sound of Grace, Issue 189, July-August 2012

Sound of Grace, Issue 189, July-August 2012

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Christ, Our New Covenant Prophet, Priest and King―Introduction - John G. Reisinger
Cruciform Love VII: Ephesians 5:22-33, Part 1 - A. Blake White
Postmodernism and Christianity, Enemies? Part 3 - Steve West
Identity, Responsibility, and Destiny - Dr. J. David Gilliland
Rewards - John G. Reisinger
Christ, Our New Covenant Prophet, Priest and King―Introduction - John G. Reisinger
Cruciform Love VII: Ephesians 5:22-33, Part 1 - A. Blake White
Postmodernism and Christianity, Enemies? Part 3 - Steve West
Identity, Responsibility, and Destiny - Dr. J. David Gilliland
Rewards - John G. Reisinger

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Ephesians 4:1, we read, “I
therefore
, a prisoner for theLord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling towhich you have been called” (my italics). Notice the
there- fore
; Paul is saying, based upon the gospel theology I havelaid out, therefore live this way. In Ephesians 5:18, theHoly Spirit through Paul commands the Ephesians to be
lled with the Spirit. He then unpacks that command with
ve activities: speaking, singing, making music, givingthanks, and submitting. Part of being
lled with the Spiritthen is submitting to divinely ordered relationships.
1
Hear the words of Ephesians 5:22-33:
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the
1 Peter T. O’Brien,
The Letter to the Ephesians
(Grand Rapids:Eerdmans, 1999), 398-99.
The Old Testament Scriptures set forth Moses, Aaron (and Melchizedek)
1
 and David as types of Christ in his work as Prophet, Priest and King. In eachcase, the New Testament Scriptures demonstrate exactly how Christ ful
lls allthree of these of 
ces.One, Christ is “that Prophet” who ful
lls the promise God made to Moses inDeuteronomy 18:15.
“The LORD your God will raise up for you
 a prophet like me
from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.”
2
Two, Christ is the
“Priest after the order of Melchizedek” 
as promised in
1 Both Aaron and Melchizedek are types of Christ. We will note the essential differ-ence between the two later in this series when we consider Christ as our Priest.2 Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are from the NIV.
Issue 189 July - August 2012
… It is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace … Hebrews 13:9
Christ, Our New Covenant Prophet, Priest and King Introduction
John G. Reisinger
In this series of articles, I have been saying that cruci-form love is essentially a commitment of the will to giveof self for the good of another. Cruciform love is “cross-shaped” love. First John 3:16 says, “By this we know love,that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay downour lives for the brothers” (ESV). Love is de
ned by thecross of Christ. Neighbor-love is taught throughout the New Testament. For those of us who are married, our near-est neighbor is obviously our spouse. If you are married,you are a walking, talking sermon. Through your marriage,you are constantly preaching a gospel; the question iswhether or not these sermons are biblical.The book of Ephesians is easily outlined. Chapters 1-3describe the creation of the new humanity while chap-ters 4-6 describe the conduct of the new humanity. So in
 
Cruciform Love VII: Ephesians 5:22-33, Part 1
A. Blake White
Reisinger—Continued on page 2White—Continued on page 12
In This Issue
Christ, Our New Covenant Prophet, Priest and King 
Introduction
 John G. Reisinger1
Cruciform Love VII:Ephesians 5:22-33, Part 1
A. Blake White1
Postmodernism and Christianity, Enemies? Part 3,The Heart of the Matter 
Steve West3
Identity, Responsibility, and Destiny: The Implications of the New Covenant for theChristian Walk 
Dr. J. David Gilliland5
Rewards
 John G. Reisinger17
 
Page 2 July - August 2012 Issue 189
Sound of Grace
is a publication of SovereignGrace New Covenant Ministries, a tax exempt501(c)3 corporation. Contributions to
Sound of Grace
are deductible under section 170 of the Code.
Sound of Grace
is published 10 times a year. The subscription price is shown below. This isa paper unashamedly committed to the truthof God’s sovereign grace and New Covenant Theology. We invite all who love these sametruths to pray for us and help us
nancially.We do not take any paid advertising. The use of an article by a particular personis not an endorsement of all that personbelieves, but it merely means that we thoughtthat a particular article was worthy of printing.Sound of Grace Board: John G. Reisinger,David Leon, John Thorhauer, Bob VanWing-erden and Jacob Moseley.Editor: John G. Reisinger; Phone: (585)396-3385; e-mail: reisingerjohn@gmail.com.General Manager: Jacob Moseley:info@newcovenantmedia.comSend all orders and all subscriptions to:Sound of Grace, 5317 Wye Creek Drive,Frederick, MD 21703-6938 – Phone 301-473-8781 Visit the bookstore: http://www.newcovenantmedia.comAddress all editorial material and questionsto: John G. Reisinger, 3302 County Road 16,Canandaigua, NY 14424-2441.Webpage: www.soundofgrace.org orSOGNCM.orgScripture quotations marked (NIV) are takenfrom the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNA- TIONAL VERSION®Copyright ©1973, 1978,1984 by International Bible Society. Used byPermission. All rights reserved.Scripture quotations marked “NKJV” are takenfrom the New King James Version. Copyright©1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used byPermission. All rights reserved.Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version,copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, adivision of Good News Publishers. Used bypermission. All rights reserved.ContributionsOrdersDiscover, MasterCard or VISAIf you wish to make a tax-deductible contribu-tion to Sound of Grace, please mail a checkto: Sound of Grace, 5317 Wye Creek Drive,Frederick, MD 21703-6938.Please check the mailing label to
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Reisinger—Continued from page 1Reisinger—Continued on page 4
Psalm 110:4.
“The LORD has swornand will not change his mind: ‘Youare a priest forever, in the order of  Melchizedek.’”
Christ is also the high priest who replaces Aaron and the Le-vitical priesthood.Three, Christ is David’s greater Son who established the everlast-ing kingdom promised to David and now sits on the throne in ful
llmentof the Davidic covenant made in 2Samuel 7:12, 13.
“When your daysare over and you rest with your fa-thers, I will raise up your offspringto succeed you, who will come from your own body, and 
 I will establish his kingdom.
He is the one who willbuild a house for my Name, and I willestablish the throne of his kingdom forever.”
Commentators and preachers of all persuasions have set forth these truthsconcerning the three of 
ces of Christ.The
Westminster Larger Catechism
istypical.
Question
42: Why was our Media-tor called Christ?
 Answer:
Our Mediator was called Christ, because he was anointed withthe Holy Ghost above measure; and so set apart, and fully furnished withall authority and ability, to execute theof 
ces of prophet, priest, and king of his church, in the estate both of hishumiliation and exaltation.
The
Catechism
then proceeds toclearly explain the three of 
ces of Prophet, Priest, and King.
Question 43:
How does Christ ex-ecute the of 
ce of a prophet?
 Answer:
Christ executes the of-
ce of a prophet, in revealing to hischurch, in all ages, by his Spirit and Word, in divers ways of administra-tion, the whole will of God, in allthings concerning their edi
cation and salvation.
Question 44:
How does Christ ex-ecute the of 
ce of a priest?
 Answer:
Christ executes the of 
ceof a priest, in his once offering himself a sacri
ce without spot to God to payfor the sins of his people, and in mak-ing continual intercession for them.
Question 45:
How does Christ ex-ecute the of 
ce of king?
 Answer:
Christ executes the of 
ceof a king, in calling out of the world a people to himself …
The New Testament Scripturesclearly show that: 1) Christ is the trueand 
nal Prophet who replaces Moses;2) Christ is the true and successfulPriest who replaces the Aaronic priest-hood; 3) Christ is the true and ever-lasting King who ful
lls the covenant promise to David. We will look at the passages setting forth these truths.The men who held these threeof 
ces under the old covenant con-trolled, in one way or another, theentire life, worship and morality of the theocratic nation of Israel, the old covenant people of God. Christ, asthe new covenant Prophet, Priest and King, controls the entire life, worshipand morality of the church, the newcovenant people of God.The Holy Spirit, in the New Testa-ment Scriptures, used powerful objectlessons to show, in each case, howChrist is the ful
llment of all three of these types.1)
The Mount of Trans
 fi
guration
 (Matt. 17:1-6) is the object lesson thatshows the new Prophet has replaced Moses as prophet and lawgiver. Thenew Prophet also replaced all of the old covenant prophets as God’sspokespersons. The message fromheaven saying, “Listen to my Son” isthe Father showing the change fromthe old authority to the new and 
nalauthority. This is the same message proclaimed in the book of Hebrews(1:1-3). Christ is the last and 
nal prophet. He has given us the full and 
nal message of God. God has said allhe has to say in his Son.2)
The rending of the veil of the
 
Issue 189 July - August 2012 Page 3
West—Continued on page 8
 possibly irreconcilable differences istheir joint practice of the
hermeneuticsof suspicion, the deliberate attempt to expose the self-deceptions involved in hiding our actual operative mo-tives from ourselves, individually or collectively, in order not to noticehow and how much our behavior and our beliefs are shaped by values we profess to disown
” (p. 13; emphasis inoriginal). This is an extremely impor-tant idea, and postmodernism is virtu-ally unintelligible without it.Why do postmoderns reject claimsto objectivity with such a passion? Itis not simply because such objectiv-ity is illusory. It is not simply becauseautonomous humans have failed intheir quest to secure absolute knowl-edge. It is because what motivates people to lay claim to absolute truth isnot the result of intellectual objectiv-ity, but the force of personal biases, pride, and desire for control. This iswhy postmodernity cannot stand for meta-narratives (i.e., overarchingstories which explain all other stories).All such meta-narratives, accordingto postmodernism, are totalitarian and authoritarian,
not because they aretrue
, but because the subjective personwho believes it is motivated by a willwhich desires totalitarian, authoritar-ian power.As Westphal describes the role of the hermeneutics of suspicion, the“reader” of human beings has to “read  between the lines.” The reader knowsthat people as individuals often act for motives other than what they profess.More than that, the reader knows that people so deeply deceive themselvesthat they don’t even understand their true motivations: it is not that they lieto others, it is that they lie to them-In my previous two articles onthis topic I drew attention to some points of agreement and disagreement between Christianity and postmodern-ism. One important point of agree-ment between the two is that the En-lightenment quest for the discovery of all truth by autonomous human agentsis a dismal failure. Postmodernism isquite apt at pricking the pretensions of those making objective truth claims— and Enlightenment epistemology is atremendous
eld of such intellectual pretensions and hubris. Consequently,when postmodernity makes the casethat all human thinking and “objec-tive knowledge” is really situated,relative, and subjective, the Christianmust agree. But the Christian does notagree in total; the Christian agrees thatif people are autonomous,
then
their claims to objectively knowing truthmust be false.In this article I want to exploreanother connection between postmod-ernism and Christianity, which has been very stimulatingly presented inMerold Westphal’s book 
Suspicion &Faith: The Religious Uses of Mod-ern Atheism
.
1
Westphal contends thatMarx, Nietzsche, and Freud share incommon a hermeneutics of suspicion.(Marx and Freud are not postmodern-ists, and it would be anachronisticto describe Nietzsche in fully-orbed  postmodern categories. But the idea of suspicion as a tool for interpretationis very ingrained in the postmodernethos.) Westphal explains that for Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud: “Whatunites them in spite of important and 
1 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1993)Rather than piling up a large number of footnotes using “Ibid” I will place pagenumbers in parentheses in the text whenreferring to this book.
selves. In fact, many times people aremotivated by the very attitudes whichthey consciously reject and abhor.Sigmund Freud’s construct of theid, ego, and superego revolve around unconscious forces determining our thoughts, rationalizations, actions, and  psychological problems. He formulat-ed his theory of psychoanalysis on theframework of desires being repressed into the subconscious, where theywere not allowed to be entertained bythe conscious mind, but they neverthe-less in
uenced all behavior. The rea-son Freud thought interpreting dreamswas so important was because dreamsexpressed our wishes that were hid-den in the subconscious (althoughthe dreams were encoded in symbolswhich had to be properly interpreted)(p. 45-50). At the level of ego and conscious thought, a person could claim they did 
 x
for reason
 y
, althoughthe truth was that they did 
 x
for reason
 z
, a reason they would never accept asthe motivation for their own behavior. Nietzsche, among other things, ar-gued that everything is will to power.If you look at the universe, everythingis exerting what force it has. People,according to Nietzsche, are also noth-ing more than will to power. Every person wants to express their force toits maximal extent, and every personseeks the best way to do so. Some people are very, very powerful, and could simply force others to do whatthey want. These people would be bold, strong, and unfazed by the con-cerns of others. They, in Nietzsche’svocabulary, would be masters. Others,those who are weaker, would inevita- bly be slaves. But the slaves want toexercise their will to power as much
Christianity and Postmodernism: —Part 3The Heart of the Matter
Steve West

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