Series in Christology Part 2: The Incarnation of the Son of God -- By: John F. Walvoord

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 105:418 (Apr 1948)
Article: Series in Christology Part 2: The Incarnation of the Son of God
Author: John F. Walvoord


Series in Christology
Part 2:
The Incarnation of the Son of God

John F. Walvoord

[Author’s note: This article continues the study of the Son of God in His incarnate state as presented in Messianic prophecy.]

{Editor’s note: The footnote in the original printed edition was numbered 3, but in this electronic edition is numbered 1.}

Prophecies concerning the Life of Christ

A remarkable foreview of the life of Christ is afforded in many Messianic prophecies which portray the character of His life. His important public ministry was to be preceded by a messenger, “Behold, I send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant, whom ye desire, behold, he cometh, saith Jehovah of hosts” (A.R.V., Mal 3:1). Previously Isaiah had spoken of the “voice of one that crieth, Prepare ye in the wilderness the way of Jehovah” (A.R.V., Isa 40:3). There can be no doubt that the reference in both cases is to John the Baptist (cf. Matt 3:3; 11:10; Mark 1:2; Luke 7:27), and all the Gospels record the fulfillment of these prophecies.

The coming Messiah was in His life to fulfill the offices of prophet, priest, and king. Moses had predicted the coming of such a prophet (Deut 18:15–18). and the New Testament points specifically to its fulfillment in Christ (John 1:21; 4:29; 5:46; 6:14; 8:28; 14:24; Acts 3:20–23). The priesthood of Christ was anticipated in the whole priestly system given by revelation, first the patriarchal and later the Levitical orders. The prophecy given in 1 Samuel 2:35 can be fulfilled completely only by Christ, even if partially fulfilled by Samuel. The prediction of Psalm 110:4, quoted in Hebrews 5:6, and discussed at length in Hebrews, is clearly fulfilled in Christ. Zechariah combines the priestly and kingly offices in his prophecy, “He shall be a priest upon his throne” (Zech 6:13). The c...

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