And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:6
Because the cults so often embrace the notion of chosen priesthood, we Christians often distance ourselves from these verses. These cults or religions often associate themselves with Christianity, yet deny the deity and completeness of the Holy Trinity, refuse to pray in the name of Jesus Christ, and include those who have adopted another gospel, with tainted beliefs which are often incredibly outside of Biblical foundation.
Many Christians also tend to neglect these Scripture verses because of denominational separation, isolation and prejudice. For those who are infected with the spirit of denominational isolation and believe themselves to be the only true church, I certainly suggest reading the brilliant work of CS Lewis on this subject in his Christian classic, Mere Christianity.
Many Christians also divorce themselves from these Scripture verses because to consider them deeply, often challenges our own style of life. To consider ourselves priests of the New Covenant, faithful witnesses of the kingdom of God, brings us face to face with our shortcomings and spiritual delinquency. These considerations are on my heart this morning. I will come to prayer about these things often this week, and I invite you to join me.
Yours in Christ –