PRIESTLY SERVICE IN THE GOSPEL
n almost every reference throughout Scripture to a priest, it refers to a person who is set apart to serve God in some capacity. In the tabernacle or worship system of the Old Testament, they were responsible to offer sacrifices which was a form of worship, ultimately pointing to the sacrifice of Jesus. Hebrews 9:14 points to Jesus as both the sacrifice and the priest who offers Himself, the sacrifice. He is rightly called the “High Priest” (2:17; 3:1), our mediator with God (1 Timothy 2:5).
Paul is in complete agreement with Peter, that we who “were ransomed…with the precious blood of Christ…are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:18-19; 2:4). Now, consider Paul’s words in the light of what we have just seen in Hebrews and Peter.
“But on some points, I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:15–16).
As Paul went from place to place, entering synagogues, finding Jews and Gentiles who would listen to the preaching of the gospel. He did it in such a way that those who believed would become an offering (worship) to God, “sanctified by the Holy Spirit” in them. I trust this will put a divine incentive into your becoming a brighter witness for Christ and His gospel. The promise of Jesus in Acts 1:8 is that the Spirit will give us power to be this kind of witness; increasing worship to God through Spirit empowered witness.
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