The Protection of the Three Offices of Christ

 By Pastor Benjamin Glaser - Posted at Thoughts From Parson Farms:

How Jesus's Being the Prophet, Priest, and King Inform the Church


Seems like it is a good time of the year to count our blessings and consider again where they come from. The Larger Catechism questions for today are a great benefit to accomplishing that. For the believer there is always a need to be comforted in the reminder that everything we have, everything we need, both now and in the future, has their yeah and amen in the ongoing ministry of our Savior. In these Q/A’s we get to hear exactly how He goes about making sure in real time and through His providence His sheep are provided for in His glory. The fact that our Lord fulfills all of the roles registered below each in their own way deliver a particular peace and help in understanding how He is continuing in His ascension to be God to His covenant people.

The three offices of Christ are called that for a few reasons. First, when we use the word “office” we mean it in the same way we do when we say the “office of the President of the United States of America” or the “principal’s office”. Both in their own way describe authority, the former a position held by an individual with particular duties and responsibilities, and the second a location where that person performs most of those functions. There is a sense of awe that should come with their mention, especially for those of us who spent time in the latter. That is part of the purpose in our Catechism questions using the title Christ rather than the personal name Jesus. The Anointed One in His grant of authority given by the Father in His raising from the dead continues to actively be engaged in the world. How He does that is listed in each of the Q/A’s: ...