A Royal Priesthood

1 Peter 2:9-12

9But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

11Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

 

God is building  a spiritual house, a spiritual Family, one that we know will last forever. God is forming us into a holy priesthood, the purpose of which is to offer up acceptable spiritual sacrifices to God through Christ.  As of right now we are a royal priesthood.

This is important because we are being built up into a spiritual Family whose function is to glorify God by offering spiritual sacrifices that He will accept.  We must not allow ourselves to become detached from this as if it doesn’t really matter to God.  We qoute scripture from Malachi all day and never really understand that he was talking about the Priesthood that started to ignore God’s command for offerings and sacrifices.  Even some pastors pass the buck onto others when the command is to all.  In Malachi 1:6, God chastises the priesthood for the irresponsible manner in which they were carrying out their charge from God: “‘A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am the Father, where is My honor? And if I am a Master, where is My reverence?’ says the LORD of hosts to you priests who despise My name.” Those are strong words for failing to offer sacrifices pleasing to God.

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