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Tuesday
Apr102012

Theological Term of the Week

priesthood of all believers
The teaching that every believer is a priest; therefore all believers have direct access to God without an earthly mediator, and are called to praise him and do good works as sacrifices to him.

  • From scripture:
  • …[Y]ou yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:5 ESV)
    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9 ESV)
    …so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 3:10 ESV)
  • From The Second Helvetic Confession, Chapter XVIII:
    PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS. To be sure, Christ’s apostles call all who believe in Christ “priests,” but not on account of an office, but because, all the faithful having been made kings and priests, we are able to offer up a spiritual sacrifices to God through Christ (Ex. 19:6; I Peter 2:9; Rev. 1:6). … [T]he priesthood, as we have just said, is common to all Christians….
Learn more:
  1. GotQuestions.org: Is the priesthood of believer’s biblical?
  2. Theopedia: Priesthood of All Believers
  3. P. G. Mathew: The Priesthood of All Believers
  4. David Hagopian: Trading Places: The Priesthood of All Believers
  5. Bill Webster: The Priesthood of All Believers (mp3)
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Filed under Ecclesiology.

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