The Offices of Christ – Part 2

Exodus 40:12-15 12 “Then you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the doorway of the tent of meeting and wash them with water… 13 “You shall put the holy garments on Aaron and anoint him and consecrate him, that he may minister as a priest to Me. 14 “You shall bring his sons and put tunics on them;.. 15 and you shall anoint them even as you have anointed their father, that they may minister as priests to Me; and their anointing will qualify them for a perpetual priesthood throughout their generations.” 

II. Christ as Priest

Deuteronomy 18:15 (NASB) “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him.  

a. Christ is a priest of the order of Melchizedek

Psalm 110:4  The LORD has sworn and will not change His mind, “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.”

  1. He had a dual title

Zechariah 6:13 (NASB) “Yes, it is He who will build the temple of the Lord, and He who will bear the honor and sit and rule on His throne. Thus, He will be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace will be between the two offices.”‘ 

2. His title was unrelated to ancestry

3. His order was a superior one

b. Christ functioning as a priest of Melchizedek

  1. Like Melchizedek He is a ruler

Matthew 27:11 (NASB) Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor questioned Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.”  

2. Like Melchizedek He blesses

Ephesians 4:8 (NASB) Therefore it says, “When He ascended  on high , He led  captive  a host  of captives , And He gave  gifts  to men.” 

3. Like Melchizedek He refreshes and sustains His people

John 14:16-18 (NASB) 16 “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;  17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.  18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.  

Hebrews 2:18 (NASB) For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.   

Hebrews 4:16 (NASB) Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.   

e. Christ functioning as a priest today

  1. He has no sins

Hebrews 7:27 (NASB) who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.  

2. He offered one sacrifice

Hebrews 10:12 (NASB) but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God,  

3. He continually represents believers

Hebrews 7:24 (NASB) but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently.  

4. He completely saves

Hebrews 7:22-25 (NASB) 22 so much the more also Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant. 23 The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing,  24 but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently.  25 Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. 

III. Christ as King

a. The Old Testament prophesied that Messiah would be king

Genesis 49:10 (NASB) “The scepter shall not depart from Judah,  Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,  Until Shiloh comes,  And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.  

2 Samuel 7:16 (NASB) “Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.””‘  

b. The New Testament announced that the Messiah would be king

Luke 1:32-33 (NASB) “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;  33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”  

Matthew 2:2 (NASB) “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”  

Matthew 27:11 (NASB) Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor questioned Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.”  

John 12:13 (NASB) took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord  , even the King of Israel.”  

c. Christ is king today

1 Timothy 1:17 (NASB) Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.  

Revelation 15:3 (NASB) And they sang* the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvelous are Your works,  O Lord God, the Almighty;  Righteous and true are Your ways,  King of the nations!  

Revelation 19:15-16 (NASB) 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.  16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”  

d. Christ in the future will rule as king

Matthew 25:31 (NASB) “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 

Revelation 20:4 (NASB) Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.  

Revelation 19:15-20 (NASB) 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.  16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”  17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God,  18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.”  19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.   20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.  Philippians 2:10 (NASB) so that at the name of Jesus every knee  will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  

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