Friday

02 May 2014

“Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God, through Jesus Christ.” (v. 5)


Background

Peter continues his exhortation to live lives worthy of the call to follow God's ways, known through Jesus Christ. It is a call to be renewed every day into the priesthood of believers. This was a radical new belief; that there was no longer any need for the priest to act as mediator between God and humanity. The people would no longer have to approach the priest to offer sacrifices to God. Instead they had direct access because of Jesus' death and resurrection.

The New Testament insight into the priesthood of all believers is one that has helped shape the Methodist Church, in that both lay and ordained have a priestly role in helping each other to grow in knowledge and to support others in their Christian journey.

Jesus has become the cornerstone, the foundation, and the head of the spiritual house that is being built. All this leads Peter to an explosion of affirmation about his readers. Remember that he knows them, and their struggles and persecutions. How wonderful it would have been to hear these words directly addressing their situations. What a shout would have gone up!

"You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light." (v. 9)

There is a purpose in being a holy nation - to let the works of God be seen and proclaimed. They were not to keep their faith to themselves.


To Ponder

  • In what ways to do you see yourself as a "living stone", building up others?
  • How have you experienced being a member of the 'priesthood of all believers'?
  • What are the works of God you see today?


Bible notes author:   Susan Johnson

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