Written by: Tim Wood
As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 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. (1 Peter 2:4-5)
In the Old Testament, God’s people had a priesthood. The Levites were the tribe that God set aside to lead Israel into the presence of God. One of their priestly duties was to stand between God and the people.
Today, all of God’s people are a holy priesthood. Every believer in Christ has the privilege of coming into the presence of God – not through a local priest or on one’s own merit but through the one Mediator, Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament the people had a priesthood, in the New Testament the people are a priesthood.
What an honor that the Scripture calls us priests. We don’t wear special garments or go through elaborate ceremonies. We don’t live apart from the people we serve. We serve others to show them that Christ is our great Priest and he is building us into a spiritual house.
John writes in Revelation 1:6 that Christ has made us “to be a kingdom and priests to serve God.” The one priestly task we do not have to do is perform sacrifices. God Himself offered the final sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, when His Son died in our place. Our part is to bear witness to the breadth and depth of His love for all people. Once you grasp the fact that God looks on His children—everyone a former slave to sin—with unconditional devotion, you’ll want others to know it too.
Believers are special in the eyes of their God and King. We are a sacred people and a holy priesthood. Christ made that possible for us. Are you living in the reality of that truth?