NT Tuesday: The Church, The Body of Christ [part 7]
We continue to explore what the Bible says about the Body of Christ, the Church.
As we continue exploring what the Bible says about the Church, another truth becomes evident. The Body of Christ has priests! Yes, we see that there is a biblical concept of priests found in the New Testament.
Priests play a vital role in the church.
Let’s look at 1 Peter 2:4-9. There we read the following “AS you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 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….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 and into his marvelous light.”
So, since Peter is talking about a group of people being priests, we need to go back to the beginning of the letter to see who this group of people was.
Surely, it must be some select, small, elite group of people if they are going to be addressed as priests! No, in fact, if we go back to the beginning of the letter, we see that the letter is addressed to the “elect exiles of the Dispersion”.
In other words, this letter was written to a large group of Christians scattered all over the region! There is no elitism involved, no special sub-group of Christians, just those born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:3)!
So this letter is a general letter written to all believers, not a letter to a special group of Christians and that means that what is written in this letter must be for all the believers as well.
And that’s where we see some remarkable truths!
Every born again believer has also been made a priest – in fact, each believer has been made into two different types of priests – a holy priest and a royal priest.
As holy priests, we offer up spiritual sacrifices on behalf of others. We can see this in action on the Lord’s Day when the brothers in the meeting exalt the Lord Jesus while remembering Him and proclaiming His death.
As royal priests, we proclaim the glories of God to others. This can be seen as we present our bodies as a sacrifice to God and proving what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. This can be seen as we speak well of the Lord Jesus to others and as we speak well of the Body of Christ. God is not glorified when we speak ill of fellow believers.
We are blessed beyond measure.
We are part of the Body of Christ, members joined together with the Head, and now we find out that we are also priests, privileged to offer up sacrifices to God on behalf of others and to proclaim His glories to others. Let’s exercise our priestly responsibilities and in doing so, by God’s grace, may we bring glory to Him.
To be continued…