- Parent Category: FAQs
- Category: Bible Questions and answers - prayer and worship
- Published on Wednesday, 18 November 2009 18:51
We are kings and priests, and we will reign with Christ in His kingdom (Revelation 1:6; 5:10). Like the Lord’s, our priesthood is eternal (Revelation 22:3); however, unlike His, our priesthood is derived. The Lord Jesus, then, is uniquely designated as "a priest after the order of Melchisedec." We have no record of Melchisedec’s offering sacrifices. No one shared in his priesthood, either to function with him or to assist him. Solely, Melchisedec stood between the invisible and the visible world to meet the need of Abram, the man of faith.
In assembly gatherings (Hebrews 13:15), we offer the sacrifice of praise. Our offerings are spiritual (1 Peter 2:5). We are holy priests, offering sacrifices to God, and royal priests, making known God’s praises (verses 5, 9). These are not two different kinds of priesthood, one after the pattern of Aaron and the other after the order of Melchisedec. It is one priesthood which takes its character from our Priest. He offered Himself once for all; we offer our praise continually. He blesses His people, bringing God into view; we bless others by showing forth God’s praises. We derive the character, dignity, and value of our priesthood from our Great High Priest, but the Scriptures reserve the title, "a priest forever after the order of Melchisedec" for the Lord Jesus alone.