Prophet, Priest , King

I have probably posted about these three offices on the blog before, but I know I have not done so from the book of Hebrews, so here we go. The focal point of the book of Hebrews is to show us how Jesus is the new Israel, and those united to Him by faith (yes, even Gentiles) are Israelites. Let’s take a peek.

The three primary offices in the Old Testament for men to hold are priest, king, and prophet. The priests were instituted through the tribe of Levi, the kings came after the time of judges (which was a debacle) and the prophets show up around the same time as the kings (Samuel is a prophet that ordained Saul as king). I know Moses is a prophet, and Abraham is also called a prophet, but the later office of prophet is what we are more familiar with: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Jonah, and so on.

These three offices point to what Israel and all of mankind need. These three offices are also made manifest, fulfilled, and accomplished in Christ Jesus. Mankind needs a priest to atone for its sins. Mankind needs a king to institute and guard God’s Law. Mankind needs a prophet to give the Word of God.

Hebrews 1:1-4 reads,

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

In verses 1-2 shows us that Jesus is the final and ultimate prophet, He is the great Prophet that Moses spoke of in Deuteronomy 18:15, 17-19. God spoke by many prophets, but He has finally spoken through His Son. Jesus is not merely a servant of God, but He is God’s Son, and for this reason must be listened to.

Jesus is also the King. Verses 2-3 show us that as King Jesus has all authority over creation. Jesus is to inherit all things (which really does mean all: peoples, nations, lands, etc.). Jesus is given regal and glorious depictions, and He upholds all things by the word of His power. He is a glorious King that has absolute power.

We also notice that Jesus is the ultimate Priest because in verse 3 we read that He, by Himself, purged our sins and sat down at the right hand of God. In the Old Testament sacrificial system the Levitical priests made offerings of atonement over and over again and they were never allowed to sit down in the Temple near the presence of God. Jesus, on the other hand, purges our sins by the sacrifice of Himself (He died that we might die, and He lives that we might live) and Jesus sits at the right hand of God showing that His priestly work is finished. There is no more sacrifice for sin, because there does not need to be one.

Jesus is the Prophet, the King, and the Priest. Hebrews 1:1-4 doesn’t stop there. We also put together that Jesus is God. It is through Jesus that the worlds were made (also see Colossians 1:15-18). The earthly offices of Prophet, King and Priest are accomplished and fulfilled in Jesus because He is the God-man.

This sets the whole tone for the book of Hebrews. This is the lens through which all of Hebrews makes sense.


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    Men are saved through faith, however, they are not saved by faith only. There is no Scripture that states that men are saved by faith only. The opposite of that is true. Faith plus obedience is required for salvation.

    Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith;and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;

    Men are saved through faith. Men are not saved by faith only.



    Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.

    You must be obedient to Jesus by believing and being baptized in water. Obedience in faith and baptism are required to be saved.

    OBEDIENCE IN FAITH: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

    OBEDIENCE IN CONFESSION: Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

    OBEDIENCE IN REPENTANCE:Acts 3:19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins maybe wiped away, in order that the times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;(Repentance is the commitment to turn from sin and to turn toward God)

    OBEDIENCE IN WATER BAPTISM: Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.


    Acts 5:32 And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.

    Hebrews 5:8-9 ……9 And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,

    2 Thessalonians 1:8-9 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus…….

    Salvation and the Holy Spirit were given to those who obeyed.
    They obeyed by believing.
    They obeyed by confessing.
    They obeyed by repenting.
    They obey by being baptized in water.

    Salvation, without obedience to the gospel, is an unclaimed gift.

    Faith only- has never been the means to God’s mercy and promises.

    Naaman had faith that the God of Elisha could cure his leprosy, however, it was not cured until Naaman obeyed and dipped in the river Jordan seven times. (2 Kings 5:11,14)

    Faith without obedience accomplishes nothing.

    The people of Israel had faith that God could save them from the bites of deadly serpents, however, they had to look at the serpent of bronze in order to not perish. (Numbers 21:7:8)

    Faith without obedience accomplishes nothing.

    Rahab was saved by faith after she welcomed the spies and followed their instructions. Faith plus obedience saved her. (Hebrews 11:31, Joshua 2:17-19)

    Faith without obedience accomplishes nothing.

    Noah was saved by faith plus obedience. Had he not built the ark he would have perished in the flood.(Hebrews 11:7)

    Faith without obedience accomplishes nothing.

    Joshua had faith and the walls of Jericho would fall down, however, they did not fall down the minute he believed. They fell down after seven days of obedience. (Hebrews 11:30, Joshua 6:1-5)

    Faith without obedience accomplishes nothing.

    By faith Moses kept the Passover, however, without the lambs blood on the top and sides of the door frames their first born would have died. It was faith plus obedience that saved their sons. (Hebrews 11:28 Exodus 12:23)

    Faith without obedience accomplishes nothing.




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