The Priesthood of the Believer

a royal priesthood, a holy nation, 1 Peter 2:9b

This is a direct reference to Exodus 19:1-6, where God called Israel out of bondage in Egypt so that the entire nation would serve him as a “kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” As Believers we have free access to the Holy of Holies whenever we choose. We don’t need to offer our sacrifices on special days or during ceremonial events. We can go today – right now even – to that Throne of Grace. We do not have to wait for our pastor or priest to go to God on our behalf. This is what is considered “the priesthood of the Believer.”

Think about the implications of this priesthood. We give our sacrifice of praise and a pure heart. We can say as much or as little as we want when we’re in that throne room. And that throne room could be in the front seat of your car as you are preparing for an important interview. We don’t need to shed animal blood for the remission of sins. That was already done for us by the perfect Lamb of God.

So, knowing all this, why aren’t we in the Holy of Holies a lot more often than we now are?

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