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Priesthood of All Believers

Priesthood of All Believers

written by on the topic of Bible Studies on April, 2009

A priest is one who approaches God on behalf of himself or others. Throughout the history of mankind, the position and person of the priest has changed.

Before Moses
The father of a family or head of the tribe was the priest. A wonderful example of this is Job who offered sacrifices for his children.

“And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.” (Job 1:5)

Levitical Priesthood
God chose the tribe of Levi to serve as the priests for the nation of Israel. In particular, a priest had to come from the lineage or sons of Aaron.

“To be a memorial unto the children of Israel, that no stranger, which is not of the seed of Aaron, come near to offer incense before the LORD; that he be not as Korah, and as his company: as the LORD said to him by the hand of Moses.” (Numbers 16:40)

Our High Priest
Christ is our Advocate, Mediator, Intercessor—always appearing in the presence of God on our behalf.

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (I Timothy 2:5)

No one is better qualified or equipped to be our high priest than Christ. Not only is He perfectly holy and just, Jesus is also both God and man. Who better to bring God and man together than the one who is the God-Man? Who better to be our High Priest than Christ, Who knows our frailties and shortcomings?

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)

Priesthood of All Believers
Today, during the church age, every born-again believer has direct access to God. We no longer need to go through intermediaries to communicate with our heavenly Father.

“For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15)

The Roman Catholic teaching that an individual must go through a priest, bishop, Mary, or saint, is contrary to Scripture. Martin Luther said it best:, “Every plow-boy should be able to read and interpret the Scripture for himself rather than be bound to follow the interpretation given to him by his priest, for he himself is responsible to God for his own soul.” In colonial America, this concept promoted a belief in strong education, so every person would be able to read and interpret the Bible for himself.

What a wonderful plan and design God has for His children in this day and age that we live. It is an awesome thought, knowing that we have access to the throne of God, anytime and anywhere. Please remember that with great privilege comes great responsibility. As priests, we must offer our bodies as a living sacrifice.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1)

About the Author

Lank Oxendine is a full-time professor and the Dean of Men at Golden State Baptist College.

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