Theological and Doxological Meditation #23

Offices of the Redeemer

Q. What offices does Christ execute as our Redeemer?

A. Christ, as our Redeemer,
executes the office of a prophet (Acts 3:22),
of a priest (Hebrews 5:6),
and of a king (Psalm 2:6),
both in his state of humiliation and exaltation.

Blessed Jesus, At Your Word
#303, Trinity Hymnal (© 1990)
Stanzas 1-3, Tobias Clausnitzer, 1663;

Stanza 4, anon., 1707
Stanzas 1-3 translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1858;
Stanza 4 translated by anon.;
altered 1990, mod.

Blessed Jesus, at your word
we are gathered all to hear you;
let our hearts and souls be stirred
now to seek and love and fear you,
by your teachings, sweet and holy,
drawn from earth to love you solely.

All our knowledge, sense and sight
lie in deepest darkness shrouded,
till your Spirit breaks our night
with the beams of truth unclouded.
You alone to God can win us;
you must work all good within us.

Glorious Lord, your self impart,
Light of light, from God proceeding;
open now our ears and heart,
help us by your Spirit’s pleading;
hear the cry your people raises,
hear and bless our prayers and praises.

Father, Son and Holy Ghost,
praise to you and adoration!
Grant that we your Word may trust
and obtain true consolation,
while we here below must wander,
till we sing your praises yonder.

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3 responses

  1. The three-fold office of Christ offers Christian husbands and father a glorious example of how they should lead their families as we follow our Great Shepherd.

  2. Good point. Please elaborate . . .

  3. It is really the view encapsulated in biblical patriarchy. The family is the Church in microcosom.

    The father of the home is the act as the prophet of the family. Bringing the Word of God before his family. Guiding the moral conduct of his small nation through the means proscribed in the Scripture. He is to prophesy (expound and apply) the Word in the family.

    The father fulfills the role of priest through interceeding on behalf of himself and his family before the Lord in prayer and worship. Much like Christ prayed for His church (John 17) we are to pray for ours.

    And as king he is to rule his home through implentmenting biblical living as an example in his own life with the intent of it influenceing the timbre of the family. And setting Scriptural standards by which the family is to live.

    With Christ as our Great Shepherd, we are to follow Him in exhibiting these characteristics in our lives and the lives of our families.

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