Prophet, Priest & King

We see Jesus in all the glory of what theologians call the munus triplex, the three-fold office of our Saviour. Jesus became a humiliated prophet who did not open his mouth. He became a humiliated priest who was offered as the sacrifice for guilt. He became a humiliated king so that there was no majesty in him to attract us. Because his work has ended, his mission was accomplished, and his sacrifice was accepted. Thus, God has raised him up and he is now the exalted prophet before whom even kings will shut their mouths and listen. He is the exalted priest who will sprinkle the nations with his sacrificial blood, cleanse them, and make them a fellowship of priests unto God, his Father. He is the exalted king who has returned from battle victorious in his splendour and entered into the majesty of the right hand of God. He has received the spoils of war. “Ask of me,” says the Father, “and I will make you the very nations as your inheritance” (cf. Ps. 2.8).

~ Sinclair Ferguson from The Atonement, ed. Fluhrer


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