Summary: Jesus Christ is the Prophet who reveals the will and law of God for the convicting, satisfying, convincing, and perfecting of the saints!
Note: the outline for this message and even some quotes come directly from the First London Baptist Confession of Faith (1646) and Gospel 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 stand in 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 and utter 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 His role as Mediator. Now, let’s look at Christ Our Prophet:
20And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 21Whom the 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. 22For Moses truly 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. 23And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. 24Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. 25Ye 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. 26Unto 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 a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. 50And I know that his commandment 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 to know 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; 24But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the 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 (I Kings 19:16) to show that God had chosen them for a specific task; the priests and kings 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 Father raised 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 is He called the Counselor.
Third: He is God-Man; Unless He had been God, He could never have perfectly understood the will of God; and unless He had been man, He could not suitably have unfolded it in His own person to men.
What does He prophesy?
In general He prophesies everything that may be known or enjoyed about God and about what He’s done for us; what we shall enjoy by Him; what we have done against 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 not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11Of 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, the Father'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 the world of righteousness.