PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVER
By Joel Finck
Scripture Reading: I Peter 2:9, Exodus 19:6, I Timothy 2:5
A popular teaching today is the doctrine of "the priesthood of the believer." This doctrine says that all believers today are priests before God and mediators between God and man. The basis for this teaching is found in I Peter 2:9, "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation .... " There is no doubt that this text teaches a priesthood, but to whom was this written? I Peter 1:1 says it was written "to strangers scattered throughout .... " Who were these strangers, and why were they scattered? The word "stranger" literally means "sojourners." That is, they were not Gentile strangers, but Jews and proselytes who believed on Christ but were scattered because of the persecution in Jerusalem. (See Acts 11:19.) These were kingdom saints who were the true remnant of Israel. They were not members of the Body of Christ.
As Israelite believers, they were entitled to the promises made to this great nation. In fact, Peter is referring to one of those promises in our text. Exodus 19:6 says, "And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel." (See Isaiah 61:1.) The Body of Christ is not a priesthood, nor is it a nation.
Paul makes it abundantly clear that today ''There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (I Timothy 2:5). The doctrine of "the priesthood of the believer" is just one more example of trying to apply the promises of Israel to the church which is His Body.
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