The priest is not made. He must be born a priest; must inherit his office. I refer to the new birth—the birth of water and the Spirit. Thus all Christians must became priests, children of God and co-heirs with Christ the Most High Priest. Martin Luther
Where do we get this idea of the Priesthood of the believer? We get right out of the Bible. Check this out – scripture says:
We have been called/chosen
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9
We have been chosen for several reasons:
- To be a people for His possession.
- To proclaim the excellencies of Him who called us
We are being built into a spiritual house
“You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:5
This house is being built for several reasons:
- To be holy. To offer spiritual sacrifices
We have been made a Kingdom of Priest
“And made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1:6
This idea was spoken by God long ago., but now fulfilled in us by the sufficient work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. See Exodus 19:6
As a priest, you now have direct access to the throne of Grace
“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22
As a priest, you now can offer sacrifices to God
A life of Holiness: “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1
A life of Generosity: “Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all… I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, la sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.” Philippians 2:17; 4:18
A life of Gratitude: “Through him then let us continually offer up ta sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.” Hebrews 13:15
As a priest, you are now an ambassador for the King of kings
“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20
Today as you step out of your home, I challenge you to represent your King everywhere you go. Have a nice day!
Father, use me today to tell somebody about you. May the timing be orchestrated by the Holy Spirit. Put the words in my mouth so that I can speak to their need. Use me today for your glory. In Jesus’ Name – Amen!