Four Offices of Christ

A Short Systematic Theology for 21st Century Christians

By Unknown
4 Pages

This short work of 4 pages, Four Offices of Christ (really 3), presents Christ as Prophet, Priest, and King.

I. Christ as a Prophet

Moses was the first prophet and wrote the first five books of the Bible. He also predicted that Jesus would come, as reported in Acts 3:22: “For Moses said, ‘The  ord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own  people; you must listen to everything he tells you” (see also Deut 18:15-18) …

II. Christ as Priest

Under the law of the Old Testament, the priest offered sacrifices on behalf of the people and interceded for them. The theme is developed extensively in Hebrews, where Jesus functions as a priest in two ways: 1. Jesus offered a perfect sacrifice for sin. This was not the blood of animals such as bulls or goats “For it was impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins” (10:4). Instead, Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice: “But as it is, He has appeared once for all at the end…

C. Christ as King

In the Old Testament Kings represented the rule of God and were meant to maintain that rule. In the New Testament, Jesus was born to be King of the Jews (Mat 2:2), but He refused to let them make Him an earthly King with an earthly military and political power (Jn 6:15). He told Pilate: “My Kingdom is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight” Jn 18:36. Nevertheless, Jesus did have a Kingdom whose arrival He announced in His preaching (Mat 4:17,23;12:28, et al). He is, in fact, the true King of the new people of God. Now Jesus is king “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come; and He has put all things under His feet and has made Him head over all things for the church” (Eph 1:20-22; Mat 28:18; 1 Cor 15:25. Moreover one day He will return in great power and glory to reign (Matt 26:64; 2 Thes 1:17; Rev 19:16)…

D. Our role as Prophets, Priests and Kings.

We as Christians can begin to imitate Christ in each of these roles, though in a subordinate way. We have a “prophetic” role as we encourage one another in the meetings and proclaim the gospel to the world. In fact whenever we speak truthfully…