Seeing the Victory to the End
By Rev. Benjamin Glaser - Posted at Thoughts From Parson Farms:Good Morning!
One of the things that believers ought to consider about their faith is that it is meant to be triumphant. We may not always feel that way, but it does not change the reality of what is truly happening in the world. Our walking through the valley of the shadow of death is done in the context of fearing no evil for the LORD our God is with us. We stand tall in the face of our enemies precisely because we see their weakness in comparison to the strength of Jehovah. The tenor of Holy Scripture from Genesis 3:15 to Revelation 19:21 is one of seeing the Mighty One of Israel destroying the kingdoms of the world, and all those who refuse to bow the knee receiving the same. In our Q/A’s we get a sneak peak into how God goes about accomplishing these things through His Son, as the Apostle Paul exclaims, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Let’s look at the Larger Catechism for this week:
Q. 43. How doth Christ execute the office of a prophet?
A. Christ executes the office of a prophet, in his revealing to the church, in all ages, by his Spirit and word, in divers ways of administration, the whole will of God, in all things concerning their edification and salvation.
Q. 44. How doth Christ execute the office of a priest?
A. Christ executes the office of a priest, in his once offering himself a sacrifice without spot to God, to be a reconciliation for the sins of his people; and in making continual intercession for them.
Q. 45. How doth Christ execute the office of a king?
A. Christ executes the office of a king, in calling out of the world a people to himself, and giving them officers, laws, and censures, by which he visibly governs them; in bestowing saving grace upon his elect, rewarding their obedience, and correcting them for their sins, preserving and supporting them under all their temptations and sufferings, restraining and overcoming all their enemies, and powerfully ordering all things for his own glory, and their good; and also in taking vengeance on the rest, who know not God, and obey not the gospel.
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