A priest is closest to God, and his duties are extremely
honourable. Such honour cannot be obtained by oneself,
but was given by God. The Father swore and did not change
His mind, that the Lord was to be our high priest. Being a
priest meant that the Lord must first become a man. He also
offered Himself as a sin offering, aiming to bring us
perfectly before God.
Since we received the Lord, we’ve been given the blessing
of the firstborn–to be a royal priest. In the Old Testament
time, a king could not be a priest at the same time; so he
could not offer any sacrifice.
Many Bible passages mention priests, who would offer
sacrifices, because God wanted man to be close to Him.
When man sinned and strayed away from God, God had
already prepared salvation for man. Before the law, there
had been offerings of sacrifices. This illustrated that the
Lord was to come to die for us, save us from the
punishment of sins and reconcile us with God. The heads of
the household such as Noah, Job, Abraham, Issac, Jacob,
etc all built altars and offered sacrifices. Today, all believers
have become royal priests. We who were once far from God
are now closest to Him.
We should live out the life of a priest: offer ourselves as
living sacrifices to serve God. First and foremost, we should
draw near to God and offer Him praises. In the Old
Testament time, the priests should first eat of the sacrifices
and the showbread; these illustrate that today we should
enjoy the Lord Himself. As priests, we should also pass on
knowledge, teaching others to know God, draw near to
Him, experience Him and understand His will.
Before the Lord comes back, may there be the most
glorious groups of priests who deeply experience God. May
these priests bring to the world the most precious–God
Episode 1 The Father Made the Lord the High Priest
Episode 2 Priesthood: One of the Blessings of the
Episode 3 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (1)
Episode 4 The Precedents of Priests in the Bible (2)
Episode 5 Live out the Life of a Priest