The Risen Christ Exercises His Offices Through Us

 After John the Baptist baptized Jesus, God the Father Anointed Jesus to the offices of Prophet, Priest and King.  These are the three offices which combine in Jesus to make Him our Redeemer.  Though you may be fully aware of this grand wonder of our salvation, I will give you three texts that support the fact that Jesus our Redeemer functioned effectively in each of these separate offices:

  1. Prophet: Jesus was referring to Himself as a prophet when he said in Luke 2:24 “No prophet is acceptable in his home town.”
  1. Priest: The writer of Hebrews is describing Jesus when he says in Hebrews 7:26, “Such a high priest meets our need – one who is holy, blameless, pure…”
  1. King: In Acts 2:33 – 36, Peter is insisting that God has seated Jesus on the throne of King David when he says, “God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus…”.  Though the specific word “king” is not used here, the words “Lord and Christ”can apply only to our greatest King.

 Jesus was anointed ( installed, ordained, consecrated) to all three of these offices at his Baptism.  By fulfilling these offices during his ministry, including dying on the cross and rising from the dead, Jesus redeemed us from our sin and gave us the new life of His Resurrection.  But does this say anything about our baptism?

Yes, indeed it does!  Our Baptism is completely analogous with our Savior’s Baptism.  By receiving and fulfilling the offices of Prophet, Priest and King, Jesus laid the foundation stone for our redemption, the foundation stone for building the Kingdom of God. By receiving those same offices at our Baptism we become “living stones… built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood.” I Peter 2:5.  In verse 9 of that same passage, Peter calls us a “royal priesthood”.  To be royal means that we are “Kings”.  On the DAY OF PENTECOST, Peter had taught the assembled pilgrims that  their “sons and daughters would “prophesy”, making it plain in this new age that everyone of them would have the office of prophet.

Now that last paragraph is only the briefest summary of the wonderful doctrine that new believers in this age are anointed to all three of these same offices that our Savior used to Redeem us.  But I submit that this is consistent with the broad and deep teaching of the New Testament.  Though we are not prophets, priests and kings on the same Divine level as our Savior, that great Savior has, nevertheless, passed these offices on to poor sinners like we are, enabling us to exercise those offices in our limited human way for the blessing and upbuilding of His church.

This great Biblical truth enriches the idea of DISCIPLESHIP in a remarkable way.  When Jesus’ disciples gathered around him both before and after his Resurrection, he was discipling them and the content of that discipling work of the Savior consisted in equipping and empowering them by His Holy Spirit to exercise those powerful offices – prophet, priest, king.  He was equipping them to do that in the same humble, loving way in which He himself was working with them.  They were becoming prophets, priests and kings like their blessed Lord and Savior, and they were learning how to lead new believers into those same glorious offices.

What magnificent dignity and honor this bestows on all of us!!   Have we come anywhere near to understanding and appreciating what God is making of all of us???!!!  Our hearts overflow with thanksgiving and joyful wonder as we think on this glorious effect of our Savior’s RESURRECTION.

Anointed by the Risen Christ #28

Enablement for Divine Office

 On the day of Pentecost, Jesus anointed new believers with the power of the Holy Spirit.  This anointing was parallel to the anointing Jesus Himself had received after his Baptism by John the Baptist.  God anointed Jesus by sending the Holy Spirit down upon Him in the form of a dove and saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” With these simple words the living God had opened the windowS of heaven and equipped Jesus with the power of His Holy Spirit so that he could perform his office of Redeemer for his people.

What a marvelous wonder it is that Jesus equips us to serve in his Kingdom the same way that God had equipped him to perform His great work of Redemption in our behalf.  Acts 2:33 informs us that Jesus, “Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.” First on his Apostles and then on all who soon believed in Jesus, our Savior “poured out” the Holy Spirit, thus Baptizing into the faith and Anointing them to Divine Office all at the same time.

This is almost too much to take in all at once!  But it is really what took place: TWO UNSPEAKABLY WONDERFUL THINGS HAPPENING ALL IN A MOMENT!  First, by His Baptism, the Holy Spirit creates new life in this crowd who heard Peter’s sermon in Acts 2, then by that same Baptism he gives them the power to serve Him as officers in His Kingdom.   It is really two amazing things that happen all at once, rather than in two steps as I seem to say here.  I am saying it this way just to help us see that it really was TWO UNSPEAKABLY WONDERFUL THINGS HAPPENING ALL IN A MOMENT!

 My fear is that too few professing Christians really grasp the sheer immensity of this reality.  Do YOU?

Do you really understand that your new birth in Christ means what the Word of God is teaching us here in Acts 2, that by the power of the Holy Spirit you have been given New Life and Anointing to Divine office all in the same moment of time?

And it is this ANOINTING ASPECT that gives such special quality and character to our new life in Christ.  As the Savior’s anointing to Divine Office gave him specific direction and purpose in life, so does our anointing to Divine Office give us specific direction and purpose.  By that anointing Jesus was equipped to give himself heart and soul to accomplishing our redemption. By our anointing we are equipped to give ourselves heart and soul to serving Jesus as LORD.  By our anointing the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to the compelling beauty, glory and power of LORDSHIP of Jesus Christ.

Before our new birth and anointing we could see the Lordship of Jesus only as a threat to our freedom.  Under His Lordship we would not be able to do all the sinful things that our fallen hearts desired.  But our hearts have changed.  We see those sinful things as ugly, grotesque, despicable.  We see obedience to the Savior as the most attractive life-style imaginable.  We see serving under his Lordship as the most perfect form of freedom.  It is the most reasonable thing in the world to follow Him with all our hearts. Serving Him as Lord is the great joy of our lives.

And what is that DIVINE OFFICE to which we are ANOINTED?  Jesus was  ANOINTED/ordained to the office of Redeemer.  What is our DIVINE OFFICE?   We will think about that in my next blog.