Prophets, Priests, Kings

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  1. asterisktom

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    Prophets, Priests, Kings


    A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. - Luke 6:40

    This verse, when you look at the previous passage that leads up to it, has an immediate negative application: The blind students who follow after the likewise blind teachers will both fall into the ditch. And the reason is that the students have "learned" their blindness from their masters.

    Further in this chapter in Luke the image changes from vision (or lack of it) to fruitfulness. A tree is known by its fruits, vs. 43-45. After this we have the straightforward teaching that those who follow Christ should obey Christ, vs. 46-49. They will be the firm house that withstand the storm.

    Christlikeness
    When we are trained by Christ, by the Spirit of Christ, we will be like Him. How will we be like Him? He has communicable and non-communicable attributes. There are divine characteristics of His that we will never have: omniscience, omnipotence, and so on. But the other ones, the communicable ones, we should have (though in lesser degree). This is having Christ formed in us.

    Getting back to Christ as Prophet, Priest, and King. We are also to be like Him in these ways.

    Prophets:
    Moses,when told that there were Eldad and Medads were prophesying in the camp responded,

    "Oh, that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put His Spirit upon them!”

    These words were not just a vain or off-the-cuff words of exasperation from Moses, but evidently a prophetical glimpse into the future, looking far into that dispensation that would supplant the Covenant of Moses' time. Paul repeats this very sentiment in 1 Cor. 14:1-5:

    1 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.

    2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

    3 But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men.

    4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.

    5 I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.

    But now we have a problem. According to this same letter of Paul, in the previous chapter, prophesying (along with tongues and knowledge) will be done away with. When? "When that which is perfect is come." To the Preterist this is already a past event with an everlasting present reality. The Perfect has come.

    Fore-telling and Forth-telling
    So what about prophesying?
    There are two types of prophesying. The first is fore-telling. This is the forecasting of events by divine inspiration. The writers of the Bible had this. But when the prophesying ceased the canon of Scripture was finalized (although not recognized as such by Christians until much later). The perfect had come and did away with that type of prophesying.


    But the other type of prophesying is still around and very much needed. And that is forth-telling. This is the bringing forth to the world what is in the Word of God, telling others what we have been taught.

    Christ asked His disciples, Matt. 13:50-52:

    “Have you understood all these things?”

    They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”

    Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”

    As we are trained - and to the extent that we have been trained - we too are bringing out of the treasury of the Bible things new and old, Old Testament promise matched to New Testament clarification. The Prophets of the Bible prophesied this way, along with their predictive discourses. This privilege we have as well.

    It is in this sense that all Christians are all to be prophets.
     
  2. Iconoclast

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    Tom,
    It seems as if there exists a disconnect concerning this relationship between the master and the student.
    Some say that only elders are to bring the word of God.Most times no one addresses the idea of what it means to us at Christians That Jesus is our prophet priest and king.
    In other words...as believer priests ...what priestly work are we to perform? As kings how do we function in this world? How do we declare the word of God?
    A few months back I was reading a book called the Greening of the Church by Findley Edge....he was saying we are failing as Ot Israel failed to be a Holy Nation......I am not sure I agree with everything he ever taught...I am not so familiar with His teaching...but I do think he made a substantial case.
    I have been looking at the postmill writers as they seemed to address our role in society here and now...more than the other views ...who say the world is going to hell in a hand basket...so we must hide out until the rapture saves us.
     
  3. asterisktom

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    Well, there is certainly a disconnect of ability and essence. Christ, in all these aspects is par excellence. We are inferior imitators of Christ, even if we are always careful to walk in the Spirit. We this threefold ministry in clay vessels.

    I forgot to mention that this post is only the first part of a series that, well, I never got around to writing. The second part was to deal with the biblical mandate for our priesthood. These verses come to mind:

    And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Rev. 1:6

    And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. Rev. 5:10

    Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5

    But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 1 Peter 2:9

    Your questions are good ones, exactly the ones that should be asked.

    Unfortunately, having a screaming 3-year old here right now - that is not being disciplined! - is not conducive for sustained thought!
     

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