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Chapter 16

Various Offices of Christ

Christ our Example


For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me."  Romans 15:3

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,  Philippians 2:5

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of GOD.  Hebrews 12:2
For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.  Hebrews 12:3

For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:  1 Peter 2:21

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.  
1 John 3:16


Union with the Church

"At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you."  John 14:20
"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser."  - 15:1
"Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit."  John 15:2

For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,  Romans 12:4
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.  - -5

For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.  1 Corinthians 12:12
Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.  - -27

Having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,  Ephesians 1:9
That in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth - in Him.  - -10
From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.  - 4:16
For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the
LORD does the church.  - 5:29
For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.  - -30

For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,  Hebrews 2:11
Saying: "I will declare Your name to My brethren; in the midst of the congregation I will sing praise to You."  - -12
And again: "I will put My trust in Him." And again: "Here am I and the children whom GOD has given Me."  - -13


Dwells in Man

"I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you."  John 14:18

But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of GOD dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.  
Romans 8:9
And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  - -10

For "Who has known the mind of the
LORD that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ.  
1 Corinthians 2:16

Since you seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, who is not weak toward you, but mighty in you.  
2 Corinthians 13:3

That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  Ephesians 3:17


Inferences

"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me."  John 15:4
"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."  - -5
"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."  
- 16:33

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it,  Ephesians 5:25
That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.  
- -26
That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish.  
- -27


Medium of Grace

And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.  John 1:16
"But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves."  - 17:13
"And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth."  - -19

I thank my GOD always concerning you for the grace of GOD which was given to you by Christ Jesus,  1 Corinthians 1:4
That you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge,  - -5
Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you,  - -6
But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from GOD -
and - righteousness and sanctification and redemption.  - -30

And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  2 Corinthians 12:9
Therefore I take pleasure in the infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  - -10

May be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height - Ephesians 3:18
To know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of GOD.  - -19
But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.  - 4:7

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13

In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  Colossians 2:3


Head of the Church

And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,  Ephesians 1:22
Which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.  - -23
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head - Christ - - 4:15

And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.  Colossians 1:18
And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.  
- 2:10


Mediator and Intercessor

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."  John 14:6

Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of GOD, who also makes intercession for us.  Romans 8:34

In whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.  Ephesians 3:12

For there is one GOD and one Mediator between GOD and men, the Man Christ Jesus,   1 Timothy 2:5

Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to GOD through Him, since He ever lives to make intercession for them.  
Hebrews 7:25
And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.  - 9:15
For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of GOD for us;  - -24
To Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.  - 12:24

My little children, these things I write to you, that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  
1 John 2:1

Instances

"Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are."  
John 17:11
"I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;  - -20


His Mediation Promised

"And in that day you will ask me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.  John 16:23
"Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full."  - -24

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the LORD Jesus, giving thanks to GOD the Father through Him.  Colossians 3:17


The Father's Placability

"In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you;  John 16:26
"For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from GOD."  
- -27


Prophecy of His Priestly Office

Then I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who shall do according to what is in My heart and in My mind. I will build him a sure house, and he shall walk before My anointed forever.  
1 Samuel 2:35

The LORD has sworn and will not relent, "You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek."  Psalm 110:4


High Priest

Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to GOD, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.  Hebrews 2:17
For the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to GOD.  - 7:19
And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath  - -20
But He, because he continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.  - -24
Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,  - 8:1
A Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the LORD erected, and not man.  - -2
For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this One also have something to offer.  - -3
For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law;  - -4


Melchizedek

As He also says in another place: "You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek."  Hebrews 5:6
Called by GOD as High Priest "according to the order of Melchizedek."  - -10
Where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.  - 6:20
For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the alter.  - 7:13
For it is evident that our LORD arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.  - -14
And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest,  - -15
Who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.  - -16
For he testifies: "You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek."  - -17

(for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him: "The LORD has sworn and will not relent, `You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek'"),  Hebrews 7:21
By so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.  - -22


Inferences

Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus,  Hebrews 3:1
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of GOD, let us hold fast our confession.  - 4:14
Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron?  - 7:11
And having a High Priest over the house of GOD,  - 10:21
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.  Hebrews 10:22


Kingly Office Foretold

Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.  Psalm 2:6
My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.  45:1
Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Mighty One, with Your glory and Your majesty.  - -3
And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth, humility, and righteousness; and Your right hand shall teach You awesome things.  - -4
Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King's enemies; the peoples fall under You.  - -5
The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies!  - 110:2
The LORD is at Your right hand; He shall execute kings in the day of His wrath.  
- -5
He shall judge among the nations, He shall fill the places with dead bodies, He shall execute the heads of many countries.  - -6
Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule with justice.  Isaiah 32:1
A man will be as a hiding place from the wind, and a cover from the tempest, as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.  - -2
I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.  
Daniel 7:13
Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.  - -14


In the Character of David

Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.  Isaiah 9:7
In mercy the throne will be established; and One will sit on it in truth, in the tabernacle of David, judging and seeking justice and hastening righteousness.  
- 16:5
Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you - the sure mercies of David.  - 55:3
Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people, a leader and commander for the people.  - -4

But they shall serve the LORD their GOD, and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.  Jeremiah 30:9

And I, the LORD, will be their GOD, and My servant David a prince among them; I, the LORD, have spoken.  Ezekiel 34:24
David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them.  - 37:24
Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children's children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever.  Ezekiel 37:25

Afterward the children of Israel shall return, seek the LORD their GOD and David their king, and fear the LORD and His goodness in the latter days.  Hosea 3:5


Types

Then it shall be in that day, that I will call My servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah;  Isaiah 22:20
I will clothe him with your robe and strengthen him with your belt; I will commit your responsibility into his hand. He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.  
- -21
The key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder; so he shall open, and no one shall shut; and he shall shut, and no one shall open.  - -22

`In that day,' says the LORD of hosts, `I will take you, Zerubbabel My servant, the son of Shealtiel,' says the LORD, and will make you as a signet ring; for I have chosen you,' says the LORD of hosts.  Haggai 2:23


Christ a King

He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the LORD GOD will give Him the throne of His father David.  Luke 1:32
And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.  - -33

For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.  
1 Corinthians 15:25


His Second Coming Foretold

"Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."  Matthew 24:30

"For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."  Mark 8:38
"Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.  - 13:26

"Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you."  John 16:22
Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, "But
LORD, what about this man?"  - 21:21
Jesus said to him, "If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me."  - -22

And that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before,  Acts 3:20

For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry.  Hebrews 10:37

Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, and they also who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.  Revelation 1:7
"Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book."  Revelation 22:7
"And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work."  - -12
He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come LORD Jesus!  - -20


Inferences

"Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."  Luke 12:40

So that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our LORD Jesus Christ,  1 Corinthians 1:7

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the LORD Jesus Christ,  Philippians 3:20

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in GOD.  Colossians 3:3
When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.  - -4

And to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.  1 Thessalonians 1:10

Looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great GOD and Savior Jesus Christ.  Titus 2:13

So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.  
Hebrews 9:28