What is a Biblical Prophet?
1 A Pagan or popular Prophet predicts the future. This is not a Biblical prophet. This is a fortune teller. This is crystal ball theology.
2 A Biblical Prophet speaks the very Word of God, to God’s People, because God loves them.
3 Jesus is our Prophet of Prophets. This means that he is indeed a Biblical Prophet, but he is so much more because Jesus is himself the very Word of God.
Question: Why are Christians often drawn to “prophets” or spiritual leaders who will guarantee them a comfortable future? Why do we often shy away from engaging with Christ and His Word as the supreme prophetic voice over lives?
Peter Learns that Christ is a Prophet of Prophets
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.
Question: In this passage, by suggesting that he make three “tents” or “tabernacles”, what grave mistake did Peter make? How did God the Father correct Peter? What are some ways in which we can also make this same mistake – especially in regard to our pastors and spiritual leaders?
The Westminster Larger Catechism (WLC)
Question 43. How does Christ accomplish the office of a prophet?
Answer: Christ accomplishes the office of a prophet,
by revealing the whole will of God to His church,
in all things concerning their growth and salvation.
He reveals his will by his Spirit and Word,
throughout every age, in different ways of administration.
Question: The WLC says that Christ reveals his will to His church theough the Word AND the Spirit. Why do we need the Holy Spirit involved in this process?
Central Text: Hebrews 1:1-3
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the Word of his power.
Question: How does it enhance your perception of Christ as our Prophet to know that he holds the whole universe together by His Word?
1) Jesus is the Word of Creation
He IS the Word of God who created all things by His Miraculously Creative Word
- John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Question: Jesus created all things by the power of His Word. What does this tell us about the creative nature of not just reading, but also speaking and singing God’s Word?
2) Jesus is the Word of God’s Truth
He spoke the Truth of God about himself to God’s People through human history In the Old and New Testament. Without Christ the Word, we would not know anything about God.
- John 1:18 No one has ever seen God; but the only God (Jesus) who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
- Luke 24:27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was written in all the Scriptures about Himself.
- John 5:39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me.
Question: How would it change the way we read the Bible if we always kept in mind that the whole book, in one way or another, is designed to reveal and exalt Christ?
3) Jesus is the Word of Flesh
He is the Word of God who became a man to speak personally to His people.
- John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Question: What does it tell us about Jesus, our Prophet, that he was not satisfied to simply speak his Word to us through other prophets, but that he became a man, dwelt among us, and taught us his Word from His very lips?
4) Jesus is the Word of Authority
He is the Word that takes authority over ALL other human traditions and philosophies.
- Matthew 7:28-29 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.
Question: How can Christians make the mistake of making God’s Word into one voice among many? In regard to modern media, describe how easy it might be place more trust in the various voices in our culture, rather than the voice of Christ.
5) Jesus is the Word of Justice
He is the Word of perfect justice who will bring judgment to all sinful people and all evil.
- Revelation 19:11-15 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True… He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God… From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations.
Question: The symbol of a “white war horse” suggests a Roman General riding into war. This symbol reveals Christ in the second coming as a military King who will make war against all injustice, sin, evil, and lawlessness. How does this image challenge yhe way many Christians might typically view Christ?
6) Jesus is the Word of Salvation
Thanks be to Christ, Jesus is also the prevailing Word of Grace who brings salvation to His people. Without his Word miraculously spoken to our souls, we would not have Salvation.
- John 10:27-28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
- John 19:30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is Finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
- Hebrews 12:2 Fix your eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
Question: When Jesus said, “It is Finished”, he was emphatically proclaimed that his work of salvation was complete. It was done! In light of Christ as the Author and Finisher of our faith, what does Jesus’ powerful proclamation on the Cross tell you about your own salvation?
7) Jesus is the Word of Meaning
He is the Word that provides the true Meaning and Foundation of all Life. He is the only one who can tells us who we are and how to live life.
- Matthew 7:24-27 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Question: What does it mean to build our lives on the Words of Christ, instead of on ourselves, and on the philosophies and traditions of men? How does this empower us to stand when the challenges of life occur?
8) Jesus is the Word of Love
He is the Word of Love that strengthens our lives and gives is the power to forgive and to display his love to back to him and to others.
- Matthew 22:37-40 And Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments (of Love).
- John 3:16 For God so Loved the world the he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever should believe on him would not perish but have everlasting life.
Question: How would we relate differently to Christ’s Word (or law) if we kept in mind that it was ALL designed to teach us how to love?
As we consider that Jesus our Prophet of above all Prophets, we would do well to remember that he is the Word above all others. The entire Word of God was written by prophets, sent from God, to speak the Word of God, to points us to Jesus, who is the Word of God.
And so hear the words of God the Father who said to Peter the very thing he would say to us today:
- Matthew 17:1-8 When Peter was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him….” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.