James Ewing on Christ as prophet, priest, and king

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Christ as Redeemer executes the offices of prophet, priest; and king. These offices are essentially distinct, each has its own peculiar province, but they are necessarily and inseparably connected one with another, and all of them are indispensable to the accomplishment of his work as Mediator. As a prophet, he proclaims the will of God; as a priest, he makes satisfaction for sin, and pleads the efficacy of his atoning sacrifice; as a king, he applies the redemption he has purchased, so as to secure the full and eternal blessedness of those for whom it was designed.

Were he not a prophet, the plan of salvation would have remained unknown; were he not a priest, there would have been no glad tidings to publish to a fallen world; were he not a king, his instructions would have been without efficacy, and his sacrifice would have proved altogether unavailing to the salvation of those for whom he died. It is his office as a king which gives perfection and efficacy to his offices as a priest and as a prophet, and secures the great ends for which he taught and suffered — for which his blood was shed on Calvary, and carried within the vail. Were he not a king, he would not be a Saviour.

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