[Papercut Press] 2001-02-13 - The Priesthood of All Believers

Part 20 - What Actually Happened? The Moment I Trusted Christ

Isaiah 61:6 But you will be called the priests of the Lord; you will be spoken of as ministers of our God. You will eat the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.

We come to the 20th and final thing which occurs the moment we trust in Christ for salvation.

  1. I became a Spiritual Priest (Revelation 1:6)

    The priesthood of believers is one of the doctrines that has been maintained since the Reformation. The above passage from Isaiah 61 is considered the prophecy which told of this change in believers and the passage from Revelation 1:6, is one of the explanations of the fulfillment of this prophecy. "and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen."

    In one sense there is really only one priest, Jesus Christ. The office of priest includes two aspects. The first is the right of access to God and the second is the duty of offering sacrifices to God for sin. This second duty is only accomplished by Christ and so in one sense only Christ can be a priest. This is the special nature of the Priesthood of Christ that the Christian can only be thankful to be the receiver of forgiveness from the atonement of Christ

    However, Christians do have access to God and this is the main idea behind the understanding of the Priesthood of all Believers. But in addition a Christian can offer the sacrifice to God of a broken heart. Job 17:1, "My spirit is broken, my days are extinguished, the grave is ready for me." See also, Psalm 51:17, Psalm 34:18. We can also offer intercessory prayer for others. This also is part of the nature of the Priesthood of all Believers.

    It should be clear that this does not qualify us to go to church, step up to the pulpit and claim our right to speak for God. There are certain qualifications for acting on our privilege. A priest must be holy in his personal character. A priest also was set apart or consecrated. This had to do with the outward acknowledgment of others as to the gifts and qualifications of the individual. So we do not all, by claiming the Priesthood of Believers, become ministers also. Ministers or pastors have a special call from God to service which is different from the privilege that all Christians have as priests of God.

    However, this does not diminish the power and blessings that are ours through the Priesthood of Believers. Not only do we have access to God in a way that those outside of Christ neither know or understand, but we also have power with God. God hears our prayers when we intercede for others. This office is one of honor for the Christian. It demands trustworthiness on our part to be faithful to God. It means that we are set apart from the world and we have a special sanction from God. It is as 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us, "Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away, behold, new things have come."

Soli Deo Gloria,
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