Our Three-fold Problem

Richard Sibbes matches the three-fold office of Jesus to humanity’s three-fold problem:

As we are ignorant and blind, he is a prophet to instruct us, to convince us of the ill state we are in, and then to convince us of the good he intends us, and hath wrought for us, to instruct us in all things concerning our everlasting comfort…And answerable to the rebellion and sinfulness of our dispositions, he is a king to subdue whatsoever is ill in us, and like to subdue all opposite power without us…Now, as we are cursed by reason of our sinful condition, so he is a priest to satisfy the wrath of God for us…So, answerable to the threefold ill in us, you see here is a threefold office in Christ…Now, the fundamental, the chief office to which he was anointed by the Spirit, upon which the rest depends, it was his priestly office (Works of Richard Sibbes, volume 1, p. 16).