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Bible verses about Priesthood Requirements
(From Forerunner Commentary)

Exodus 19:4-6

This is another place from which Peter draws on what he writes in I Peter 2:5, 9—in fact, it is almost an exact parallel. Israel and the church were both separated from the world and made holy by God. Both became God's personal property, which is what the phrase "peculiar [special] treasure" means. In addition, because of what God did—by separating them from the world—both became obligated to meet priesthood requirements.

Israel's position was conditional upon obedience. Verse 5 says, "Now therefore, if. . . ." However, Israel immediately—within a couple of days—rejected God's offer through disobedience. They rejected their privilege.

John W. Ritenbaugh
New Covenant Priesthood (Part 1)


 

2 Peter 1:4

Christians are called of God. We are separated from the rest of mankind, redeemed through the blood of Jesus Christ, and cleansed from sin's corruption. Then we are made partakers of the divine nature—all to make us acceptable for the performance of our duties as priests. We have no excuse for drawing back: We have a perfect and eternal High Priest and we have been cleansed and are part of the same Divine Family that He is. Do we not want to draw close to our "Dad"—which is what it amounts to—and do what He says?

Now the priesthood no longer stands before God on behalf of just Israel; now it draws near to God in behalf of all humanity. The purpose of the priesthood is essentially the same as under the Old Covenant, but its labor has been elevated to a spiritual level. We no longer have to burn bulls, goats, sheep, and turtledoves on a burning fire at the door of the Temple. We are the temple! And, in a secondary way, we—like Jesus Christ who went before us—are also the sacrifice that is put on the altar (see Romans 12:1).

John W. Ritenbaugh
New Covenant Priesthood (Part 1)


 

 




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