Theology Thursday

Q. 24. How doth Christ execute the office of a prophet?

A. Christ executeth the office of a prophet, in revealing to us, by his Word and Spirit, the will of God for our salvation.

Westminster Shorter Catechism

Across history, Kings & Rulers have sent ambassadors and heralds to speak their will to their subjects. God sent prophets. Ordinary humans given the privilege of speaking the very words of God.

We have a skewed view of prophets. We hear the word prophecy and we think crystal ball style future-seeing. But across history, the role of the prophet has been more like a truth-teller.

Usually, this has looked like pointing out to God’s people their disregard and dishonouring of God’s Word. Most of God’s prophets were mistreated and suffered greatly for their truth.

This was never more true in the ultimate prophet, Jesus Christ. God spoke once and for all through His Son. And for telling the truth, Christ was crucified as a blasphemer. 

But in His kindness and faithfulness, Christ sent God the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth about Him and His commands through the apostles and prophets who teach His Church the will of God.

Because of Christ’s prophetic office, we can know God truly and know His will for our lives. But will we listen?

For Today:
  • Who is one prophet in the Old Testament you can think of?
  • Why don’t people listen to Jesus?
  • What does it look like for you to listen to Him today?

  • Praise God the Father for His grace in continuing to speak and reveal Himself to humanity. 
  • Give thanks to Christ for His truthfulness in speaking God’s Word. 
  • Ask God for His Holy Spirit to help you and others listen to Christ and trust in what He says.

Passages: Luke 4:18-21, Acts 1:1-2, John 15:26-27, 1 Peter 1:11, John 4:41-42, 20:30-31

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