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Catechism Memorization

Questions from Rev. A. Hellenbroek's Divine Truths - Chapter XII (Part 3)

1. Unto which offices was Christ anointed?

The offices of prophet, priest, and king.

2. Was Christ typified by these offices in the Old Testament?

Yes, by anointed prophets, priests, and kings.

3. Were these three offices all necessary for the Mediator?

Yes, so that the salvation of His people would be complete.

4. Why must He be a Prophet?

To enlighten our ignorance.

5. Why must He be a Priest?

To atone for our guilt.

6. Why must He be a King?

To deliver us from the servitude of the devil and sin.

7. Was Christ promised as a Prophet?

Yes. "The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto Him ye shall hearken" (Deut. 18:15).

8. How does Christ execute the office of a Prophet?

He teaches us.

9. What does He teach us?

The way of salvation (lsa. 61:1-3).

10. By what means does He teach us?

Externally by His Word and internally by His Spirit (Acts 16:14).

11. Was Christ a prophet in the times of the Old Testament?

Yes, the prophets of these times have also spoken by the Spirit of Christ which was in them (1 Peter 1:11).

12. Did Christ teach in His own Person?

Yes, when He was in the flesh on earth (John 17:6; Acts 1:3).

13. Does Christ continue as Prophet after His ascension?

Yes, He now teaches through ministers and teachers whom He gives (Eph. 4:11).

14. Has He Himself now stopped teaching?

No, for He always has and still continues to teach by His Spirit (Isa. 59:11).

15. Was Christ promised as a Priest?

Yes. "Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek" (Ps. 110:4).

16. What does being a priest after the order of Melchizedek mean?

That He is the only and everlasting Priest.

17. How does He execute the office of a Priest?

Through offering and interceding.

18. What has He offered?

Himself. "Who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God" (Heb. 9:14).

19. When was this offering made?

During all His sufferings, but especially on the cross. "When His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree" (I Pet. 2:4).

20. To whom did He offer Himself?

To His Father.

21. For whom did He sacrifice Himself?

For all His elect.

22. Was His offering a real sacrifice of atonement?

Yes. "For by one offering He has perfected for ever them that are sanctified" (Heb. 10:14).

23. What is meant by His intercession?

That He continually presents His merits to the Father, and demands the salvation of His people on that basis. "Father, I will that they also whom Thou hast given Me be with Me where I am" (John 17:24).

24. Where does He intercede with the Father?

In heaven. "Who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us" (Rom. 8:34).

25. For whom does Christ intercede?

Only for His elect. "I pray not for the world, but for them which Thou hast given Me" (John 17:9).

26. Is there more than one mediator of intercession?

No, only Christ Jesus. "We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and He is the propitiation for our sins" (I John 2:1).

27. Are the angels or saints intercessors in heaven for us?

No, for (1) they do not know our needs; (2) they cannot hear our prayers; and (3) they have not made satisfaction for us upon which they could plead.

28. Was Christ promised as a King?

Yes. "I have set My King upon My holy hill of Zion" (Ps. 2:6).

29. How does Christ execute His royal office?

By governing and protecting His people.

30. By what means does He govern His people?

By His Word and Spirit. "Send out Thy light and Thy truth: let them lead me; and let them bring me unto Thy holy hill, and to Thy tabernacles" (Ps. 43:3).

31. From whom does He defend His people?

From their spiritual and physical enemies (John 10:28-29).

32. Is He an earthly King?

No, He is a spiritual and heavenly King. "My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36).

33. Was Christ King during the Old Testament dispensation also?

Yes, at that time also He gave laws to and protected His Church as King.

34. How long shall He continue as King?

To eternity. "He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end" (Luke 1:33).


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