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Prophet, Christ as.

Christ often mentioned His prophetic mission (e.g., Lk. 4:16–27; Jn 18:37). He was anointed to be a prophet (Acts 3:22; 10:38). Some recognized Him as a prophet (Mt 21:46; Lk 7:16; 24:19; Jn 4:19; 6:14; 7:40–41). Terms applied to Him reveal an awareness of His prophetic office (e.g., teacher Jn 3:2; apostle Heb 3:1; witness Rv 1:5).

Christ regularly pointed to the OT (e.g., Mt 22:29, 31; Lk 10:26; 24:27; Jn 5:39). He preached Law (e.g., Mt 5–7; 23) and Gospel (Jn 1:17). His miracles, signs, and wonders were intended to make it easier for people to believe (Mk 1:27; 9:24). The theme of His prophecy was the proclamation of Himself as the long-promised Messiah (Jn 4:25–26).

At His ascension Christ entrusted the preaching and teaching of His Word to the ch. (Mk 16:15; Acts 1:8).

See also Angel of the Lord.

O. C. J. Hoffmann, in “Office, or Work, of Christ,” The Abiding Word, II, ed. T. Laetsch (St. Louis, 1947), 127–135.

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