Prophet of the New Covenant

On Christ’s office of prophet, I take a slightly different tact than most standard systematic theologies. I acknowledge that Jesus is the fulfillment of Moses’ prophecy in Deuteronomy 18:15 but he is more than simply another, greater Moses. Jesus reveals the Father (John 1:18). Indeed, the Father has spoken to us through the Son in a way he did not to the fathers (Heb 1:2). In this revealing role, Jesus fulfills his office as prophet. This would also necessarily involve his condemning and forgiving sin, giving law, judging etc. Jesus is the better prophet because he is the Word, he is God’s revelation of himself to us. This is an office like “super prophet” as in it cannot get any clearer than this.

Jesus role as prophet (as I’ve described it above) has the Christian life wrapped around it. No one has seen the Father, Jesus has revealed Him (John 1:18). Anyone continues in a sinful life has not seen God (1 John 3:6). It is the Holy Spirit who leads us to Christ (John 15:26). God’s unbounded power has given us all things we need for life and godliness through knowledge (epignosis, true knowledge) of Jesus and partake of the diving nature escaping worldly corruption and sinful desire (2 Pet 1:3-4). All of these things revolve around Jesus’ role as “God revealer” or prophet and all play into our sanctification. Our growth in holiness is dependant on Jesus’ role as prophet.

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