A Holy Priesthood - serving God today


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A comparison between the OT Levitical priesthood and the NT priesthood of all believers. Get out your Bibles and let's study.

Also, there is an interesting study of the tabernacle included in this outline.

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A Holy Priesthood - serving God today

  1. 1. A Holy Priesthood 1 Peter 2:5
  2. 2. 1 Peter 2:5 “Ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
  3. 3. Tabernacle – a perspective Courtyard • 150 cubits x 50 cubits Tabernacle • 30 cubits x 10 cubits Holy of holies • 10 cubits x 10 cubits Altar of burnt offerings • 5 cubits x 5 cubits
  4. 4. Tabernacle – a perspective Courtyard • 75 yards x 25 yards Tabernacle • 15 yards x 5 yards • 45 feet x 15 feet Holy of holies • 15 feet x 15 feet Altar of burnt offerings • 7 ½ feet x 7 ½ feet
  5. 5. Entrance • Only the priests, holy men appointed by God could enter the courtyard to serve • The first thing they approach is the ALTAR of sacrifice • Before entering the Holy Place the priest had to wash in the LAVER • Then the priest entered the tabernacle
  6. 6. Hebrews 10 19. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20. by the way which he dedicated for us, a new and living way, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21. and having a great priest over the house of God; 22. let us draw near with a true heart in fulness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience: and having our body washed with pure water,
  7. 7. The Picture • Before entering the tabernacle as a priest of God today, the Christian must first pass by the cross (Faith) and then wash (Baptism). • Then the Christian enters into the presence of God to serve continually. • The Christian never leaves the tabernacle
  8. 8. The True Tabernacle • Heaven itself, access to the very presence of God • The veil has been torn and there is NO longer anything separating the priest from God • We have access through Jesus to everything we need to live and serve before God
  9. 9. Jesus Christ – our everything • The bread of life • The light of the world • Our mediator • Table of Showbread • The Lampstand • The altar of incense • Our mercy seat / our atonement / our access into the very presence of God • As a priest we are sanctified and equipped to serve God in holiness and truth
  10. 10. Our Spiritual Sacrifices Hebrews 10:6-9 • 1 Peter 2:5 • Hebrews 13:15-16 • Romans 12:1 • Idleness not acceptable to God • John 9:4
  11. 11. Holy Service in the presence of God Unacceptable behaviors • Unauthorized activities – Leviticus 9-10 • Works of the flesh – Galatians 5:14-21 • Divisions – 1 Corinthians 1:10-11 • Sexual sins – Numbers 25:1-15 – 2 Corinthians 7:1
  12. 12. Living in the Presence of God Hebrews 4:11-13 11. Let us therefore give diligence to enter into that rest, that no man fall after the same example of disobedience. 12. For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13. And there is no creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and laid open before the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
  13. 13. Holy Living 1 Peter 1 13. Wherefore girding up the loins of your mind, be sober and set your hope perfectly on the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14. as children of obedience, not fashioning yourselves according to your former lusts in the time of your ignorance: 15. but like as he who called you is holy, be ye yourselves also holy in all manner of living; 16. because it is written, Ye shall be holy; for I am holy.
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