The Priesthood of the Believer (part 1)

THE PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVER

(PASTOR LEE JACKSON FFWC )

1. INTRODUCTION

THE SUBJECT OF PRIESTS AND PRIESTHOOD MAY SEEM VERY STRANGE IN THIS DAY OF EASY GRACE (WHEN WE BECOME A CHRISTIAN BY RAISING OUR HAND IN RESPONSE TO THE PASTOR’S INVITATION TO ACCEPT CHRIST, WHILE NO ONE IS LOOKING AROUND AND ONLY AS LONG AS IT DOEN’T COST US ANYTHING).  THE LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD OF THE OLD TESTAMENT ENGAGED IN BLOODY SACRIFICES AND SOLEMN CEREMONIES THAT WE FIND OBSCURE AND REPULSIVE.  BUT REMEMBER THAT GOD ORDAINED THIS BECAUSE SIN WAS AN IS SO VERY REPULSIVE TO HIM WHICH CREATED A BARRIER BETWEEN A HOLY GOD AND SINFUL MAN.  GOD ESTABLISHED THE PRIESTHOOD, TO ATONE FOR THE SINS OF THE PEOPLE AND TO MEDIATE BETWEEN GOD AND FALLEN MAN.  TODAY WE WILL STUDY THE LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD OF THE OLD TESTAMENT AND HOW IT POINTED TO CHRIST WHO BECAME OUR HIGH PRIEST FOREVER, AND FINALLY HOW GOD HAS ORDAINED THAT WE HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BY HIM TO BECOME A PRIESTS UNTO HIM AND CORPORATELY A HOLY PRIESTHOOD OF HIS KINGDOM.

2. LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD

A. CHOSEN AND ANOINTED (LEV 8:1;10-15, 23)

CHOSEN OF GOD

–           ANOINTED WITH OIL (TYPE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT)

–           CONSECRATED AND DEDICATED UNTO THE LORD (SOLEMN OCCASION)

–           SINS ATONED FOR  AND SANCTIFIED UNTO GOD BY A BLOOD OFFERING

B. SEPARATED UNTO GOD (LEV 21:6;10-15, 22:19)

–           MUST BE HOLY TO THEIR GOD

–           MUST NOT PROFANE THE NAME OF THEIR GOD

–           WERE TO BE CONSIDERED HOLY

–           NOT TO MOURN FOR THE DEAD (NOR TOUCH THE DEAD)

–          NOT TO LEAVE THE SANCTUARY OF GOD (NOR DESCECRATE IT)

–          MUST MARRY A VIRGIN OR THE WIDOW OF A PRIEST

–          MUST KEEP GOD’S COMMANDMENTS (22:31)

–          SACRIFICE MUST BE A MAIL WITHOUT SPOT OR BLEMISH (22:1)

3. CHRIST’S PRIESTHOOD

A. ABOVE ALL OTHERS (HEB 4:14-16)

–           JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD HAS BECOME OUR GREAT HIGH PRIEST

–           HE IS A TRUE MEDIATOR, HAVING LIVED AMONG US

–           HE IS ABLE TO IDENTIFY AND SYMPATHIZE WITH OUR WEAKNESSES

–           HE WAS TEMPTED IN ALL THE WAYS THAT WE ARE TEMPTED (YET W/O SIN)

HE OFFERED HIMSELF UP UNTO GOD FOR OUR SINS

–           WE CAN APPROACH THE THRONE OF GRACE WITH COMPLETE CONFIDENCE

(NOT BECAUSE OF OUR WORTHLINESS BUT BECAUSE OF HIS PRIESTHOOD)

B. ETERNAL PRIESTHOOD (HEB 5:1-10)

–           HIGH PRIEST SELECTED AMONG MEN BY GOD

–           PURPOSE TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE IN MATTERS PERTAINING TO GOD

–           MUST DEAL GENTLY WITH THOSE WHO ARE IGNORANT AND GONE ASTRAY

–           HE HIMSELF IS SUBJECT TO WEAKNESS

–           MUST OFFER SACRIFICES FOR HIS OWN SINS AS WELL AS THE SINS OF THE PEOPLE

4. PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVER

A. ROYAL PRIESTHOOD (1PET 2:4-9)

–           WE ARE LIVING STONES, BEING BUILT INTO A SPIRITUAL HOUSE UNTO GOD

–           A CHOSEN PEOPLE, A HOLY PRIESTHOOD

–           WE NOW OFFER SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES (ACCEPTABLE TO GOD)

–           DECLARE THE PRAISES OF HIM WHO HAS CALLED US OUT OF DARKNESS

–           WE HAVE NOW RECEIVED MERCY (GOD’S UNMERITED FAVOR)

  1. PRIVILIGES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PRIESTHOOD

–          ALL BELIEVERS HAVE ACCESS TO GOD THROUGH CHRIST (EPH. 2:17- 18)

–          ALL BELIEVERS MUST OFFER UP SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES TO GOD

–          OFFERING PRAISE AND PRAYER UNTO GOD (HEB 13:15, PS 50:14)

–          OFFERING OUR BODIES AND LIVES AS A LIVING SACRIFICE WHOLLY AND ACCEPTIBLE ONTO HIM (ROM. 12:1-2, ROM 6:13, PHIL. 2:17)

–          WE SHOULD LIVE AS CHRIST; OUR LIVES SHOULD BECOME A FRAGRANT OFFERING ONTO GOD AS (EPH. 5:1-7, EX. 19:22)

–          OUR INHERITANCE IS NOT OF THIS WORLD (1 PET. 1:4)

–          WE MUST BE INTERCESSORS – SHARE GOD’S BURDEN FOR UNBELIEVERS (COL. 4:12, 1 TIM. 2:1-6)

–          ABRAHAM INTERCEDED FOR SODOM & GOMORRAH (GEN. 18:23-33)

–          MOSES INTERCEDED FOR THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL

C. REIGNING WITH CHRIST (REV 1:1;4-6; 5:10, 20:6)

–           THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST (UNFOLDING REVELATION)

–           JOHN WAS A PRISONER PHYSICALLY BUT HIS SPIRIT WAS TOTALLY FREE

–           SEVEN CHURCHES COULD REPRESENT CHURCHES THROUGHOUT THE CHURCH AGE

–           SEVEN SPIRITS COULD REPRESENT PERFECTION AND MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

–           HE HAS MADE US A KINGDOM AND PRIESTS TO SERVE HIS GOD AND FATHER

(TO HIM BE ALL GLORY AND POWER FOREVER!)

–           WE WILL JOIN HIM IN THE MILLENIAL (1000 YEAR) REIGN

5. SUMMARY

PRIESTHOOD WAS GOD’S INITIATIVE; MOTIVATED BY LOVE TO FILL A NEED CREATED BY SIN THAT SEPARATED MAN FROM GOD (ADAM & EVE DID NOT NEED A PRIEST BEFORE THEY DISOBEYED GOD AFTER THEIR DISOBEDIENCE GOD SLEW AN ANIMAL AND MADE THEM A COVERING TO COVER THEIR NAKEDNESS), GOD ESTABLISHED AN EVERLASTING COVENANT BETWEEN GOD AND MAN.  PRIESTS WERE/ARE CHOSEN BY GOD; SEPARATED, HOLY UNTO GOD; MAKE ATONEMENT FOR THE SINS OF THE PEOPLE (TO ADMINISTER THE COVENANT); MINISTER UNTO GOD; USHER IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD; LEAD THE PEOPLE IN PRAISE AND WORSHIP. THEY HAD NO INHERITANCE IN THIS WORLD; THEIR INHERITANCE IS THE LORD HIMSELF.  ALL BELIVERS ARE CALLED INTO THE PRIESTHOOD ESTABLISHED AND ADMINISTERED BY CHRIST.

 

Your Support is Greatly Apreciated

Speak Your Mind

*