Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Offices of Christ

From John L. Dagg's Manual of Theology, p. 231:
"We are, by nature, ignorant, guilty, and depraved.  As ignorant, we need Christ, the prophet to teach us; as guilty, we need Christ, the priest, to make atonement for us; and as depraved, we need Christ, the king to rule over us, and bring all our rebellious passions into subjection.  These offices of Christ are also adapted to the graces which distinguish and adorn the Christian character.  The chief of these, enumerated by Paul, are faith, hope, and love; in the exercise of faith, we receive the truth, revealed by Christ, the prophet; in the exercise of hope, we follow Christ, the priest, who has entered into the holiest of all, to appear before God for us; and we submit to Christ, the king, in the exercise of love, which is the fulfilling of the law, the principle and sum of all holy obedience."
"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus," (1 Tim. 2:5).