Priesthood: Obligation or Gift?

In our Sunday morning series, we have been exploring concepts of Identity that children of God are automatically called into.

Last month, we spent a good amount of time looking at our identity as priests. 1 Peter 2:9 tells us that we are a “royal priesthood.” Why? So that we may have direct access to God, and so that we may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light.

Wrapped up in this identity as priest is a sobering reality: our body (spirit, soul, and physical form) is a very holy place. You are His temple.

It would be easy to take a glance at this reality and be intimidated by all it entails. It would be easy to view it as heavy and burdensome. But, how does God view this identity He has established for us?

“And you and your sons with you shall guard your priesthood for all that concerns the altar and that is within the veil; and you shall serve. I give your priesthood as a gift…” Num 18:7 ESV

I suppose it should be intuitive. Our identity is a gift. Priesthood is a gift. But just in case I get overwhelmed or intimidated at the thought, God gives us the affirmation in writing, “I give your priesthood as a gift.”

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