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Christ's Human Nature Qualified For His Work

Gift

Revealed

Example Text

a. Wisdom

Christ's teachings

For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

- Matthew 7:29

b. Power

Christ's miracles

And He said unto them, What things? And they said unto Him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people.

- Luke 24:19

c. Holiness

Christ's sinlessness

For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.

- Hebrews 7:26

The Triune God was involved in the anointing of Christ in the following ways:

1. God the Father - The Anointer

2. God the Son - The Anointed

3. God the Holy Spirit - The Anointing

Christians also bear the name of Christ. They also become a partaker of Christ's anointing as prophet, priest, and king. How does Question and Answer 32 of the Heidelberg Catechism describe the Christian's involvement in Christ's anointing?

Heidelberg Catechism - Question and Answer 32

Q. But why art thou called a Christian?

A. Because I am a member of Christ by faith, and thus am partaker of His anointing; that so I may confess His name, and present myself a living sacrifice of thankfulness to Him; and also that with a free and good conscience I may fight against sin and Satan in this life: and afterwards reign with Him eternally, over all creatures.

 

According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:

Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.

- Ephesians 1:4-5

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him,

- Acts 10:38

 


How are true Christians anointed to be prophets, priests, and kings? How are they to exercise themselves in these offices?


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