The Blood of Jesus Makes Us A Kingdom Of Priests To Serve God

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.  (Revelation 1:5-6)

Jesus loves us so much that he have “his blood” to free “us from our sins.” But this blood does more than just “save” us, it has the power to transform us into something “a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father.”

All true Christians are priests. There are no separate classes of higher priests and lower priests among us: we have only one “high priest:” Jesus Christ (Hebrews 3:1). Our priestly duty is to send offerings to God. As New Testament believers we are not required to send sacrifices of meat and blood to God, but sacrifices of love, worship, and prayer:

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscienceand having our bodies washed with pure water. (Hebrews 11:19-22)

Thus in the book of Revelations the “prayers of the saints” are offered along with incense in the temple:

Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. (Revelation 8:3-4 NIV)

 

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