R.C. Sproul on Jesus As the Supreme Prophet

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In his book, Essential Truths of the Christian Faith, R.C. Sproul gives us a very helpful and succinct explanation of the prophetic ministry of Jesus Christ:

“As the prophet of God par excellence, Jesus was both the object and subject of prophecy. His person and His work are the focal point of Old Testament prophecy, yet He Himself was a prophet. In Jesus’ own prophetic statements, the kingdom of God and His role within the coming kingdom are major themes. A principal activity of a prophet was to declare the Word of God. Jesus not only declared the Word of God, He is Himself the Word of God. Jesus was the supreme Prophet of God, being God’s Word in the flesh.” (p.101)

That is what the writer of the book of Hebrews is telling us in the opening verses of that great epistle:

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. (Hebrews 1:1-2, ESV)

Jesus didn’t just speak the Word of God (like the prophets of the Old Testament and John the Baptist), but is the Word of God – God’s last Word to sinful mankind for our salvation! (See also Westminster Shorter Catechism Q.24.)

By the way, if you are looking for a clear and concise 1-volume systematic theology with which to start your reading (as well as your collection!), the above book would be a great place to start! It is less than 300 pages long, and he deals with most of the topics in the space of only a page or two.  (All you have to do is click on the link above and it will take you directly to the Ligonier website, where you can order the book online.)  🙂

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