Date: October 27, 2019 (Sunday AM)
Bible Text: Hebrews 4:14-16 | Steve Damron
Series: Book Study of Hebrews
The Priesthood of the Believer
Studies in Hebrews
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
“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
What is A Priest?
- The Old Testament idea
- The false theory
- The New Testament idea
How Do I Become A Priest?
- The qualification of a priest: Be born again
- The extent of the office of a priest: To all believers
Can your “priest” grant you pardon? Did you offend the priest? Then the priest can forgive you for offending him, but he cannot forgive you for offending God. – C.H. Spurgeon
What does A Priest Do?
- The duties of a priest: Bring sacrifices
- The preparations of the priest: sanctification
“Little of the Word with little prayer is death to the spiritual life. Much of the Word with little prayer gives a sickly life. Much prayer with little of the Word gives emotional life. But a full measure of the Word and prayer each day gives a healthy and powerful life.” – Andrew Murray
The Story of the Church, written by Professor A.M. Renwick
This professor deals with the changes that took place from 600 A.D. and on.
As the system of the priesthood increased during the first few hundred years after Christ, the altar which formerly had no place in the Christian church became of greater and greater importance. This led to drastic alterations which extended even to the architectural design of churches. The priesthood of all believers was well-nigh forgotten. The priest was now regarded as of a different order from the laity and as having a special grace and divine authority by reason of his ordination. He became indispensable in the Christian’s approach to God. He handled divine mysteries and his work was regarded as a species of magic, like the work of heathen priests. The altar at which he officiated and upon which he offered again the sacrifice of the body and blood of Christ came to be regarded as the most sacred place in the building and was revered and set apart with an “unholy” awe. There thus grew up a priestly caste system separate from the people.