May 26: School & Family Catechist: WSC Q. 24

THE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHIST.
by Rev. William Smith.

Westminster Shorter Catechism. Question 24.

Q. 24. How doth Christ execute the office of a prophet?

A. Christ executeth the office of a prophet, in revealing to us, by his word and Spirit, the will of God, for our salvation.

EXPLICATION.

Revealing. –Making known what was formerly concealed or unknown.

By his word. –By the preaching of his gospel, or the reading of the Scriptures. (See Quest. 89.)

For our salvation. –To deliver us from the pains of hell, and to bring us to heaven.

ANALYSIS.

In this answer there are four particulars.

  1. That Christ, as a prophet, reveals to us the will of God. –John i. 18. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
  2. That this revelation is made by his word. –Psal. cxlvii. 19. He showeth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
  3. That it is also made by his spirit. -1 Cor. ii. 12. Now we have received –the Spirit, which is of God, that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. John xiv. 26. The Holy Ghost –shall teach you all things.
  4. That this revelation of God’s will is made for our salvation. –John xx. 31. These are written, that ye might believe; -and that believing, ye might have life, through his name.

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