A Kingdom of Priests

1peter2cWho are we? What does it mean to be a kingdom of priests?

“In Exod. 19:6 God says to Israel, ‘You shall be to me a kingdom of priests,’ which likely meant that as a whole nation they were to serve as kingly mediators of divine revelation between God and the unbelieving nations (see also Isa. 43:10-13). They were not faithful in this witnessing task. Therefore God raises up a new priest-king, Jesus, and those identified with him are a ‘kingdom of priests,’ as expressed by 1 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 1:6; 5:10, which clearly allude to Exod. 19:6.” (G. K. Beale, A New Testament Biblical Theology, p. 678).

In preparing to preach on Exodus 19:3-6 at Trinity Presbyterian Church I ran across this helpful quote. Some questions with which I am wrestling — Who are we? We live in culture that is feeling centered. Is there something outside of us, something objective, that defines our identities? God’s words to Moses and through him to Israel in Exodus 19, as well as their references in the New Testament, help to provide answers.



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