Do you hear Jesus Christ preached? How?
Prophecy explains the Messiah in terms of a suffering servant, but also a conquering king. These two depictions of the Messiah stand in stark contrast. Neither of them is how we know Christ today.
We cannot preach Christ as the suffering servant now because he is now resurrected and in glory. His suffering was fulfilled two thousand years ago. Remember? He said, “It is finished.”
We cannot preach Christ the conquering king now since the king has not yet returned to conquer. He is still in absence.
If you hear the preaching of Jesus Christ as a suffering servant or the conquering king, you can know that you are hearing him preached according to prophecy.
You say, “How else is there to preach Jesus Christ?”
Paul writes about preaching Jesus Christ not after the flesh and “according to the revelation of the mystery” (Romans 16:25).
We are told to preach the Lord Jesus Christ as risen in glory, absent from this world, dispensing his grace, and holding the position of Head of a body, a new creature.
He is not suffering now but giving the power of salvation. He is not conquering the world in judgment now but saving the world by his grace. This is what Jesus Christ according to the mystery sounds like.
When you hear someone preaching Jesus, listen carefully.
Justin “body member” Johnson