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Next Steps: 1689 Chapter 8, Part 4

Look at paragraph 10 and explain in your own words why we need Jesus’ threefold office of prophet, priest and king. Praise him for the truths you discover!

For some inspiration, Herman Bavinck said: 

He had to be a prophet to know and to disclose the truth of God; a priest, to devote himself to God and, in our place, to offer himself up to God; a king, to govern and protect us according to God’s will. To teach, to reconcile, and to lead; to instruct, to acquire, and to apply salvation; wisdom, righteousness, and redemption; truth, love, and power—all three are essential to the completeness of our salvation.

Next Steps: Elders’ Forum

At the Elder’s Forum, the elders answered a question that all Christians should be regularly asking: How would you like to grow in your walk with the Lord?

Take the time to reflect on how you would answer this question, take the matter regularly to prayer and consider also sharing your goal(s) with a brother or sister.

Next Steps: 1689, Chapter 8, Part 3

The Lord Jesus has fully satisfied the justice of God, obtained reconciliation, and purchased an everlasting inheritance in the kingdom of heaven for all those given to Him by the Father. He has accomplished these things by His perfect obedience and sacrifice of Himself, which He once for all offered up to God through the eternal Spirit.

LBC 1689, 8:5

Paragraph 5 contained some wonderful modifiers: Fully satisfied, everlasting inheritance, once for all sacrifice. 

  • Why do these modifiers give us hope? 
  • What would happen if those modifiers said something less?