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Priests?!

10 Jul

Daniel

July-10-2011

Priests PDF-FILE

I used e-Sword, a bible software, to see how many times the word “priest” occurs in the King James Bible.

Search term/method: “Priest”- Regular expression (REGEX) which incl. “priest”, “priests, “priesthood”, “high priest” etc.

844 verses found, 958 matches

Genesis

6 verses found

7 matches

Exodus

21 verses found

25 matches

Leviticus

155 verses found

195 matches

Numbers

69 verses found

77 matches

Deuteronomy

14 verses found

15 matches

Joshua

36 verses found

41 matches

Judges

13 verses found

15 matches

1 Samuel

27 verses found

33 matches

2 Samuel

6 verses found

7 matches

1 Kings

27 verses found

28 matches

2 Kings

36 verses found

45 matches

1 Chronicles

19 verses found

21 matches

2 Chronicles

73 verses found

90 matches

Ezra

34 verses found

35 matches

Nehemiah

44 verses found

47 matches

Psalms

5 verses found

5 matches

Isaiah

5 verses found

5 matches

Jeremiah

38 verses found

41 matches

Lamentations

6 verses found

6 matches

Ezekiel

24 verses found

25 matches

Hosea

6 verses found

6 matches

Joel

3 verses found

3 matches

Amos

1 verse found

1 match

Micah

1 verse found

1 match

Zephaniah

2 verses found

2 matches

Haggai

8 verses found

8 matches

Zechariah

6 verses found

6 matches

Malachi

3 verses found

3 matches

Matthew

27 verses found

28 matches

Mark

22 verses found

24 matches

Luke

23 verses found

23 matches

John

21 verses found

22 matches

Acts

25 verses found

27 matches

Hebrews

33 verses found

36 matches

1 Peter

2 verses found

2 matches

Revelation

3 verses found

3 matches

…did you notice something special? Take a closer look at the books between Acts and Hebrews: Romans thru Philemon (Paul’s epistles/books).Wait, they aren’t there?! Did I remove them?! Nope! So, the the words priest(s) and priesthood are mentioned 958 times in 844 verses throughout the Bible, BUTnot once in Paul’s epistles (Romans-Philemon)?! Why is that?

Because today, in the dispensation of the grace of God or ‘the age of grace’, there is only one mediator, or go-between, between God and us, and that mediator is Jesus Christ:

 1 Timothy 2:3-7

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

7 Whereunto I [Paul] am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

It’s not men dressed in robes and hoods…who work for the religious systems of this world…performing legalistic rituals and ordinances on Sunday mornings…keeping people under bondage; the law and doctrines of men…and claiming to have the ability to forgive sins if you confess them to them. There are no real priests today, and I’ll explain it to you.

Ephesians chapter 2 speaks of 3 time periods:

TIME PAST (the past):

 Ephesians 2:11-12

11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Genesis (from Abram/Abraham) thru Acts 8.

God’s earthly program; the kingdom program or the bride of Christ program, concerning A nation; the nation Israel…God’s favored nation at that time. Jews. They would get the land promised them as an everlasting possession, and an earthly kingdom (the kingdom of heaven) to be set up in that land, if they’d simply change their mind (repent) about the source of their righteousness…..never being the law (Deuteronomy 6:25, Leviticus 26:40+, James 2:10)

Under prophecy and law. By sight. FOR us, not to us.

The nation Israel is temporarily fallen (Romans 11), because of their rejection of the messengers; God the Father thru John the Baptist, The Son: Jesus Christ (his earthly ministry in Matthew-John, and the early parts of Acts), and the Holy Spirit thru Stephen in the book of Acts (chapter 7). So, this program is temporarily put on hold, in favor of a new program;


BUT NOW (the present: the dispensation of the grace of God):

 Ephesians 2:13-16

13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

 Acts 9-Romans-Philemon. God’s heavenly program; the body of Christ program. God is not dealing with A nation today, and he’s not recognizing any nation above any other nation. He is dealing with individuals today; Jew or gentile (the non-Jewish people of the world)…makes no difference. Under mystery and grace (not under law). Not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). FOR and TO us.

Paul, the Apostle of and to the Gentiles, wrote 13 epistles: Romans thru Philemon. Covers Jesus Christ’s heavenly ministry to us, living in the dispensation of the grace of God.

 AGES TO COME (the future):

Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Hebrews thru Revelation.Fulfillment of prophecy. God’s earthly program; the kingdom program or the bride of Christ program, continues. Under prophecy and law. By sight. FOR us, not to us.

Primarily emphasis is on the great tribulation (wrath) and the earthly kingdom; the kingdom of heaven.

God’s future plan for Israel is that they one day will become a kingdom of priests:

Exodus 19:6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are

the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

In time past, Jew and gentile weren’t equal…they weren’t on the same level.

Matthew 10:1-8, 15:22-28, Acts 1:21-26, Romans 15:8

Ephesians 2:11-12

11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

 …so the gentiles had to go thru the nation Israel, in order to be saved. They had to proselyte to Judaism and take hold of their covenant. Being cut off from Israel, was the same as being cut off from God. No wonder why Jesus Christ, during his earthly ministry to the nation Israel, says that “salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22)

 Romans 9:4-5 KJV

4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;

5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

So, as you can see the priests served as mediators between God and men.

 Isaiah 60:1-3

1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.

2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Today, rather than having to go thru an earthly nation; Israel, in order to be saved, we now have direct access to salvation and God, thru Jesus Christ. This was a result of their fall (mystery), not their rising (prophecy).

 Romans 11:11-12

11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?

 Romans 11:15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

 Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

 This mystery was exclusively revealed to our Apostle; Paul, by the ascended, glorified Jesus Christ (as he spoke from heaven):

Romans 16:25-26

25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

God hasn’t done away with Israel entirely! In a day yet future, they will experience the state

of prominence God promised them throughout the pages of prophecy!

Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he

might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for

the sins of the people.

1 Peter 2:9-10

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

After the great tribulation, with the 2nd coming of Christ, God will make a new covenant with Israel, not according to the old covenant:

 Jeremiah 31:31-34

31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:

33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

 Also read Hebrews 8.

So, today there is no need for a priest, priesthood or a nation, to have fellowship with God.

Although there aren’t any real priests today, the saved are called to be ambassadors for Christ, of the ministry of reconciliation, telling the world about the word of reconciliation:

 2 Corinthians 5:18-21

18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

20Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

21 For he [God the Father] hath made him [God’s only begotten Son/God in the flesh: Jesus Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Ephesians 2:8-9

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Daniel

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5 responses to “Priests?!

  1. Derek

    July 12, 2011 at 05:53

    Hey bro’ I have been a little burned out so I had to withdraw a bit. You have yourself a wonderful vacation… where you going ??? love ya bro’ Derek

     
  2. cincyscott

    July 17, 2011 at 06:14

    It is interesting that as much as Paul speaks about the Law (when dealing with Jews) that he doesn’t mention the priesthood. I think you are right on it – the very fact the mediator is one – Jesus Christ – leaves no room for anyone else to claim such a status!

     
  3. Derek

    July 28, 2011 at 05:59

    I have read this a few times and it is so good to see the truth laid out so clearly that a child could understand. Unfortunately the majority in Denominationalism are blinded by the approval and traditions of men. These religious worldly institutions of scholarly achievement (certification of men, built on doctrines of men, given the stamp of approval by men) seminaries have produced generations of “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 2 Timothy 3:7
    Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 1 Corinthians 1:20

     
    • romansthruphilemon

      July 28, 2011 at 09:47

      Amen! Thank you! 🙂

      It can be hard to break out of the religious system of this world. There are some sort of go-betweens/mediators in almost every denomination. In some denominations they’re called priests, bishops, and even pastors! There are many who think their pastor has a special relationship with God, a relationship they can’t have, some sort of prayer hot line to God, on behalf of the people who attend his assembly. So they want the pastor to pray their prayers, because they think that’ll do the trick with God…Now, there’s nothing wrong with a pastor aka. a teacher, but when that pastor takes on the role of a priest it gets ugly! Like, how many pastors do water baptize people today?
      There are people who treat Curt Crist as an mediator/go-between, he has addressed this issue several times in his bible study vids.

       
      • Derek

        July 29, 2011 at 06:22

        Curt has had that happen to eh, I should not be surprised. It is easy for the flesh to idolize other fallible humans, I have been guilty of this also. It is like Israel, instead of being content with God as their head and provider they wanted an earthly fallible human king, they got Saul. Just look at the history of some of their kings and you know that did not work out for them at all.

         

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