The primary function of a priest is to assist people in accessing God so that there can be unity with God. A priest is a bridge-builder between man and God.
John Ritenbaugh, reflecting on Christ's comment about rebuilding the temple in three days, says that Christ's insisting that He would become more central to worship than the material, unfeeling, physical temple would sound extremely blasphemous to His cont. . .
Old Testament activities picture New Testament realities, elevated to their spiritual intent. The church has been chosen as a royal and holy priesthood.
The firstborn privileges indicate prominence, carrying the birthright promises. In the New Testament, the firstborn did not always correspond to actual birth order.
Have you ever considered what it will be like right after Christ returns? What will you do, as a king, to help and govern the people placed under you?
John Ritenbaugh, citing Hebrews 12:23, suggests that the entire church has been designated as the firstborn, serving as kings and priests and bridge- builders from God to humanity, a royal priesthood serving under Christ, called to holiness or a likeness t. . .
I Peter 2:5 says that we are to offer up spritual sacrifices. Martin Collins tells what that means and how to do it acceptably before God.
John Ritenbaugh indicates that we are being fitted as lively stones into an already formed Kingdom, being conformed to the image of Christ, who has been designated as the Cornerstone. As God's future priests, becoming living sacrifices, we will constitute . . .
John Ritenbaugh, cuing in on Ezekiel 34, in which the self-centered shepherds devour the flocks, reminds us that in addition to religious leaders, shepherds also include governmental, corporate, educational, and family leaders. In the combined history of J. . .
John Ritenbaugh stresses that without continuous maintenance and attention, it is difficult to maintain a spiritual mind in a carnal physical body. We, like Christ, were made a little while lower than angels to be made perfect through suffering. He has bla. . .
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