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1Peter 2:4-5
4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
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The following is an interesting article.

https://0201.nccdn.net/1_2/000/000/095/a1f/the-priesthood-of-all-believers.pdf

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From 1 Peter 2:4-5

The church is the body of Christ, we are the stones that make up that church and each of us is a Priest in the eyes of the lord.

Matthew 21:43 here Jesus is speaking to the pharisees and warns them 43 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit." The role that once rested with them now falls to us Christians.

With the destruction of the temple, which Jesus prophesied in Mark 13, As Jesus was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” “Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” The temple ceased to the one location that God resided but now all believers are where God dwells. Now instead of needing a Priest to communicate with God we can now have a direct line with him. We also take on the responsibilities of Priests: conducting worship, ministering to God's people and evangelising.  

This article distinguishes between the Jewish priests and the spiritual priests in that we no-longer need the clothes, ceremonies or to live in secluded locations. 

Catholicism created a strict hierarchy of clergy and laity that happened around 400 AD (although Clement 1st would suggest 70 AD) that Martin Luther considered not biblical, "For whoever comes out of the water of baptism can boast that he is already a consecrated priest, bishop, and pope".

Baptists interpreted priesthood of believer instead of priesthood of believers creating a very individualistic interpretation of everyone directly in touch with God instead of that and also we can come before God on behalf of the community. This has created a number of errors, one of which is: baptist church hasn't fully lost the clericalism of Catholicism so that there are still professionals and amateurs. 

We should go back to the bible and do what God tells us to do. Jesus as our chief priest, with spiritually gifted people serving that church with no-one being more important than another.

"The point we need to take away is that we are the Body of Christ. Every member is a priest. You were employed the moment you were saved. The only thing that makes you qualified is that you are in Christ. The only thing that makes you able is that the Spirit of God dwells in you."

As priests we become the place of God. We become responsible for introducing people to God. We become a conductor of God's worship and minister to God's people.

 

 

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@glenn-ambrose Really good summary Glenn. This article gives insights into a previous post of mine that poses the question of how we put into practice being priests and a holy priesthood. For example,  to quote from the article :"We communicate between God and man and man and God. We tell people what God says to them (through His Word) and help them respond to Him (through prayers and supplications). We collectively orchestrate and conduct the worship of God. We are all ministers to God’s 3 people and we are all responsible to make God known to the world"   

 

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What is a priest?

Luther encourages us to remember that that the function of a priest (or pastor, elder, minster, bishop) is to correctly present the Word of God to people under their care, recognising that it is through the Spirit-inspired Word of God that the Spirit works in people’s lives.[14] According to Scripture, the key requirement that an elder/bishop should meet—a qualification that is distinguishable from every other Christian—is being “able to teach” (1 Tim 3:2); this competency entails that the elder/bishop must “hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine” (Titus 1:9).

https://credomag.com/2020/01/luthers-doctrine-of-the-priesthood-of-all-believers-the-importance-for-today/

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Types of Priests

The idea that there are three levels of priests: High Priest, Ministerial Priest & Priest. The old testament has High Priest (Aaron), Ministerial Priest (His sons) and Priests believers mirrored by the new testament Jesus the High Priest, Clergy the ministerial Priests and the baptised the Priests.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywOPclqnmb0

These divisions of priesthood where evident from the earliest days of the church. 

Clements the 1st, Pope of Rome, Ordained by Paul.
This is from Clements' letter the Corinth.
(42.1) The apostles were proclaiming the good news to us from the Lord Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ was sent out by God.
(42.2) So, Christ was from God and the apostles from Christ. Therefore both were in good order by the will of God.
(42.3) So, having received orders and having been fully assured by the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, and having believed in the Word of God, with the full assurance of the Holy Spirit, they went out proclaiming the good news that the Kingdom of God was about to appear.
(42.4) Preaching through countries and cities, they appointed their firstfruits, having proved them in the Spirit, as bishops and deacons of future believers.
(42.5) And this was not new. For, indeed, over a period of many years it was written about bishops and deacons. For the Scripture says thus somewhere, “I will appoint their bishops in righteousness, and their deacons in faith.”
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As priests:
* we can read and interpret the bible for ourselves
* the church is there to help us
* the clergy are not of a higher order but we are all apart of one body of Christ.
* just as different parts of the body have different functions so does the body of Christ
To me it suggests that the role of the church is not just to help us understand the scripture but to help us find our place in the body of Christ. It could try and discover what the gifts of each member of the church has and give them a matching job to do.
1 Corinthians 12:4-31
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
Unity and Diversity in the Body
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues[d]? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.
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@glenn-ambrose Looking forward to offering my insights

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