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Christ: Our Prophet

Christ: Our Prophet

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Published by John Shearhart
Jesus Christ is the Prophet who reveals the will and law of God for the convicting, satisfying, convincing, and perfecting of the saints!
Jesus Christ is the Prophet who reveals the will and law of God for the convicting, satisfying, convincing, and perfecting of the saints!

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Christ: Our Prophet 
September 18, 2013
Note: the outline for this message and even some quotes come directly from theFirst London Baptist Confession of Faith (1646) andGospel Glory by Edward Drapes. I’ve tailored them to suit my purposes, but it is not an original work.We’re taking a break from Genesis to look at the topic of Christ as our Mediator.As such, He is our Prophet, Priest, and King. In respect of our ignorance, we standin need of His prophetical office; in respect of our great alienation from God,we need His priestly office to reconcile us; and in respect of our averseness andutter inability to return to God, we need His kingly office, to convince, subdue,draw, uphold and preserve us to His heavenly kingdom. Last week we studied Hisrole as Mediator. Now, let’s look at 
Christ Our Prophet
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 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
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Whomthe heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
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 For Mosestruly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of 
 
your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say 
 
unto you.
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 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that
 
 prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.
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Yea, and all the prophets from
 
Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretoldof these days.
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Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed.
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Unto you first God, having raised up his Son
 
 Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities
(Acts 3:20-26).
What does it mean to be a Prophet?
 
 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me acommandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
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 And I know that hiscommandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father  said unto me, so I speak
(Jn. 12:49-50).As a Prophet Christ reveals the will of God and tells us everything we need toknow to obey; He never stops preaching the gospel to His people.
Why do we need one?
 
 No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of 
 
the Father, he hath declared him
(Jn. 1:18).
 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the
 
Greeks foolishness;
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 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christthe power of God, and the wisdom of God
(I Cor. 1:24).
How is Jesus qualified?
 First, He was chosen by God: the prophets under the law were anointed with oil (IKings 19:16) to show that God had chosen them for a specific task; the priests andkings were anointed likewise. Our great Prophet was anointed with the Spirit (Lk.4:18).Second, He is sufficient to do it: [In Christ]
 
are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge
(Col. 2:3). He was made full of grace and truth and God the Fatherraised Him up, as it was foretold by Moses, and furnished Him with sufficient abilities to discharge His trust for the fullness of wisdom was in Him; therefore isHe called the Counselor.Third: He is God-Man; Unless He had been God, He could never have perfectlyunderstood the will of God; and unless He had been man, He could not suitablyhave unfolded it in His own person to men.
What does He prophesy?
In general He prophesies everything that may be known or enjoyed about Godand about what He’s done for us; what we shall enjoy by Him; what we have doneagainst Him and what we ought to return to Him:
 It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will notcome unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
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 And when he is come, hewill reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
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Of sin,because they believe not on me;
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Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and
 
ye see me no more;
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Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged
(Jn.16:7-11).First, He tells us of our sinfulness; He
convinces of sin
. We can’t see it otherwise.Secondly, He shows us the happiness of grace; even though our sins are great, theFather's love is greater. We have no hope, but Christ preaches the good news of salvation. We learn of the greatness of our sin and the infiniteness of our offense,
 
yet the riches of God's grace is made to shine more clearly for He
convinces theworld of righteousness
.Thirdly, this Prophet teaches everything to be believed, even the resurrection of the body and everlasting life, the Father's love to him from eternity, what God isand what Christ is and to believe what He reveals and what will be hereafter. ForHe
convinces the world of judgment
.Lastly, He teaches the soul obedience to observe all the commands of Christ, theleast as well as the greatest, visible as well as invisible, things to be done in earthas well as to be enjoyed in heaven. He teaches how to behave ourselves whilestrangers here as well as what we shall enjoy when we reach the city which wenow seek; which obedience consists in two things: (1) Love to God so that we denyall things of this world and count them as loss and dung in comparison to Him and(2) love to our neighbor.
How does He prophesy?
Look again at John 16:
 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guideyou into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear,that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
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 He shall glorify me: for  he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
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 All things that the Father  hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it untoyou
(:13-15).The Father teaches by His Son,
 for the fullness of the Father dwells in Him
, and theSon now teaches only by His Spirit; therefore, the Spirit takes of Christ to give tothem that are His children. So that it remains clear, there is but one true light,namely, the light of the Father and the Son made manifest by the Spirit.The way He teaches is through the Scriptures. They declare all that was, that is,and that shall be practiced or enjoyed by any. They are the will and law of God.
 
This is a standing law to walk by. They
are able to make the man of God perfectunto salvation through faith in Jesus
(II Tim. 3:15).The way God reveals His will through the Scriptures is through His ministers, anddirectly to the soul teaching it by words easy to be understood:
 he will guide you into all truth
.Now the matter revealed is either the mysteries of the Father's love to a poor soulwhich is hidden from the wise men of the world and this the true light discoversonly to the children of the kingdom; or else the matter revealed is the truth of God

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