Heb 10:19 – “We have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus.” – NIV
Each believer has access to God, secured by Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection. Access is, therefore, through Jesus alone.
Eph 2:18 – “Through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” – NIV
All people, Jew and non-Jew, have access to the Father through Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit.
1 Tim 2:5 – “There is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.” – NIV
We have direct access through Jesus, without any human or organizational intermediaries.
1 Pt 2:5 – “You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” – NIV
God wants us to offer ourselves as living and spiritual sacrifices – daily laying aside our own desires and following him, putting all our energy and resources at his disposal, and trusting him to guide us. Praising God, praying and doing good.
Rom 12:1 – “Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice. holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.” – NIV
“Your bodies” refers to the whole person. Our entire person and life should be a sacrifice to God.
Rev 8:3-4 – “He was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all God’s people… the smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand.” – NIV
One sacrifice Christians offer, therefore, is prayer.
Ps 141:2 – “Accept my prayer as incense offered to you, and my upraised hands as an evening offering.” – NLT
Rev 5:8 – “They held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.” – NLT
Heb 13:15 – “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” – NIV
Praising God is another sacrifice that each Christian priest must offer.
Phlp 4:18 – “I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God.” – NLT
Material gifts can be another sacrifice the Christian priest offers, comparable to the OT “peace offering.” (Lev 7:12-15)
1 Tim 2:1-2 – “I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.” – NIV
The Christian believer-priest appeals to God in intercession for others, making supplications, prayers, intercession and giving thanks for all.
1 Jn 2:20, 27 – “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth…. As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit – just as it has taught you, remain in him.” – NIV
Believer-priests have an anointing from God. The Spirit’s anointing enables them to distinguish true and false teaching, based on the Bible. See John 14:26.
1 Pt 2:9 – “…You are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – NLT
Christians can come directly into God’s presence through Christ. (Heb 4:16) We are also given the responsibility of bringing others to him. (2 Cor 5:18-21) This is the priestly work of reconciling God and people. being announcers of God. Evangelism is the great priestly work that believers as individuals and the church as a whole are to do.
Ex 19:6 – “You will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.” – NLT
The nation of Israel was to become intermediaries between a holy God and a lost world. Through them God would reveal himself. (1 Pt 2:9-10)
Israel broke this covenant. (Ex 19:5) So God’s purpose for a kingdom of priests was not realized until Christ’s instituting the new covenant. The death and resurrection of Jesus allows each Christian direct access to God, and commissions each one to be priests toward others, especially non-Christians.
Is 61:6 – “You will be called priests of the Lord, ministers of our God.” – NLT
Under the old covenant, God ordained the priests of Israel to stand between him and his people. They brought God’s word to the people – and the people’s needs and sins to God. Under the new covenant, all believers are priests of God (1 Pt 2:5), reading God’s Word and seeking to understand it, confessing their sins directly to God, and ministering to others.
Rev 1:6 – “He has made us a kingdom of priests for God his Father.” – NLT
Christ made Christians priests to administer God’s love to others. You qualify as a witness for Jesus because of what he has done for you, not because of what you have done for him.
Rev 5:10 – “You have caused them to become a kingdom of priests for our God. And they will reign on the earth.” – NLT – ftn – Some manuscripts read “they are reigning.”
The believers song praises Christ for bringing them into the kingdom and making them kings and priests. Christ’s death made all believers priests of God – the channels of blessing between God and people. (1 Pt 2:5-9)