Westminster Larger Catechism Study

WLC – Q. 43. How doth Christ execute the office of a prophet?

Q. 43. How doth Christ execute the office of a prophet?
A. Christ executeth 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.

I’m really excited about where the Catechism goes now. We begin a long study with rich detail of aspects of our faith that are rarely covered in our churches today. First we examine each of Christ’s offices mentioned in question 42. Read what Vos wrote.

What is the true meaning of the word prophet? A prophet is God’s representative in speaking to men, Gods spokesman, God’s mouthpiece.

There are three dimensions in time to this office. Yet it is for all ages one office.

In what period of history did Christ execute the office of a prophet? “In All ages.”

How did Christ execute the office of a prophet during the Old Testament period? During the Old Testament period Christ executed the office of a prophet by his Spirit, revealing his truth through the various prophets, Psalmists, and other writers of the Old Testament Scriptures.

How did Christ execute the office of a prophet during his earthly ministry? In his earthly ministry Christ executed the office of a prophet: (a) by preaching to the people of the Jews; (b) by teaching and preaching to his own followers, or disciples, who believed on him; (c) by training and instructing the twelve apostles, who would be his official witnesses after his ascension to heaven.

How does Christ execute the office of a prophet today? Christ executes the office of a prophet today: (a) through his written Word, the Holy Bible; (b) by his Holy Spirit, whom he has sent, who illuminates our hearts and minds so that we can receive and understand the truth revealed in the Scriptures.

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