Oh Yes! Doctrine: “The Triple Cure: Christ Our Prophet, Priest & King

Looking for a Cure? This is a lunch feast and since my breakfast was delayed due to ministry counseling, I just had it along with this “tasty morsel” of good theology. Read on…

“In the kingdom of grace, Christ is seen to rule the church of which he himself is head. As such, this rule is a spiritual rule, since it is exercised in a spiritual realm. As Berkhof puts it,”it is established in the hearts and lives of believers.”12 The New Testament repeatedly speaks of Christ has”head of the church” (Eph 1:22, 4:15; 5:23; Col 1:18; 2:19). Christ’s rule over his church is closely related to the mystical union formed between Christ and the church, which the Scriptures describe as his”body” (1 Cor 12:27). Christ’s rule over this kingdom is based on his redemptive work.”No one is a citizen of this kingdom by virtue of his humanity. Only the redeemed have that honor and privilege.”13 It is a spiritual kingdom, so it has no flag, no world headquarters, and no post office box. But it is certainly and powerfully present wherever Christ’s people gather to hear God’s word proclaimed and to receive the sacraments (Rom 14:17). This kingdom is identical to that which the New Testament repeatedly calls the”Kingdom of God.” Lest we forget, this kingdom is a conquering kingdom (Mt 12:28), though we err greatly if we connect the advance of this kingdom to cultural, economic, or political institutions (Jn 18:36). The wicked will not inherit this kingdom (Gal 5:21), though our own children, seen by the world as”the least of these,” are already members through baptism (Lk 18:16). It is a glorious kingdom (1 Thes 2:12), and despite what some may say, it is a present reality (Mt 3:2). It is a kingdom, which as the Creed declares,”has no end” (2 Pt 1:11).”__Kim Riddlebarger

Now go to the feast and read: The Triple Cure: Christ Our Prophet, Priest & King”

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