Priesthood and Prophecy
Virtually nothing of the Christian priesthood is visible in the church today. If we were to ask the modern Christian what it means to offer up spiritual sacrifices to God, most would shrug their shoulder in ignorance. Worse than that, an almost equal number of believers would draw from themselves a fleshly offering of the soul for God.
The good news is that the early church knew all about the New Testament Christian priesthood and how to serve God and so can you. The last course helped you understand why the Bible talks about a New Testament altar of faith and showed you how to build one with the 12 Elements of the Gospel. You learned the importance building the altar of Christ with whole stones so that our faith would be pure and that you would know how to serve God acceptably. In this course we are ready to tie the altar to the priesthood and prophecy to learn how God intended for you to function as a Christian priest.
In previous courses did touch on a few basics about the priesthood: how it is tied to government, how apostles cleanse believers with the knowledge of truth to prepare them to function as priests. We learned how faith is proved at the altar of Christ and that there is an outflow of grace, power, and fruit that can be expected by our simple obedience to serve God properly at His altar.
Additionally, we learned that it is through the Spirit that we mortify the flesh. Meaning that our putting off of the old man and putting on the new man is done at the altar of Christ. The Christian priesthood is a major artery of your faith, it is tied to virtually every major function of your faith. Did you know that spiritual warfare is tied to your priesthood? Lacking this vital knowledge, is it any wonder that believers in Christ are confused and taken advantage of by the devil? Learn more and free yourself from Satan’s snares, learn how to be consistent in faith and develop strong faith muscles.
This exciting course is divided into eight (8) lessons, followed by 2 additional Study Guides: Getting a Fresh Start and Summary Notes, both of which are packed full of information that will assist you in your faith. You can use the review questions at the end of each lesson to help you get the most of your studies. Even though several answer choices may be true, students must identify the choice which has the most support in the lesson.
I am confident that as you prayerfully study this course God will issue grace for your understanding and grant you an experience in Him for your spiritual growth. All scripture quotations are from the King James version of the Bible.
Lessons in the Priesthood and Prophecy Study Course
What the Bible Says About the Christian Priesthood
It is clear from the Bible that God designed the faith of individual believers around a priestly service to Him. From the scriptures, we are to understand that believers are called “priests” and that as priests we are to offer to God “spiritual sacrifices”. Priests in the Old Testament served God at an altar made of stones of the earth. New Testament priests worship God ...
A Kingdom of Priests
Glorify the Name of the Lord
The priesthood is how we glorify the name of the Lord, which means to lift up His name. We are to exalt the Lord in our thoughts and to then express Him in with words. I am talking here about offering spiritual sacrifices of prophecy.
Every spiritual sacrifice of prophecy that you offer to God, you is...
lifting up ...
The Priesthood of the Flesh
Knowing the present confusion that exists in the church about the Christian priesthood we should pause here and talk a bit about how Christians are trying to minister to God through observance of Moses and the traditions of man and the private interpretation of scripture, and how this produces a false priesthood, the priesthood of the flesh. Why do we call it the priesthood of the flesh? Becaus...
The Portion is Not the Fulness
We have said it before in other lessons and will repeat it again here, the spiritual man in Christ does NOT worship God with the tools and contact points of Moses. To continue to worship God now with the tools and contact points of Moses is no different than trying to touch God through the blood of an animal, and to do so is to ask God to account the blood of an animal as sacred after the blood...
Our Exemption is in Christ
God said His covenant through Moses would be an everlasting covenant and His statutes, perpetual (Leviticus 24:8-9). What did He mean by that? How can Moses, who passed away also be perpetual? We know that God only is perpetual. By this He again was speaking of the promise of Christ, saying that He would perpetually carry the faith of all those who joined themselves to Him. This is why Jesus sa...
The Priesthood is Holy
What is holiness? The point of this lesson is to make the connection between your priesthood and the fulfillment of God’s expectation that we would be holy as He is holy. The Lord spoke to Moses saying, “Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy” (Leviticus 19:2). As we have read, God is holy...
Spiritual Sacrifices of Prophecy
What is a spiritual sacrifice? Spiritual sacrifices are spiritual worship. We talked about how Jesus Christ established a new priesthood in Himself, how believers are to function as priests at the spiritual altar of Jesus Christ, and how God values Jesus Christ (not Moses). Therefore, Jesus Christ is the acceptable sacrifices that we offer to God. This is the Second Covenant Priesthood.
The Law of Reciprocation
Let’s now turn our attention to learning more about reciprocation. What does it mean to reciprocate? We easily understand reciprocation by thinking about a cat or a dog or a fish. A cat was created to meow so he desires this, a dog was created to bark so he desires this, and a fish was created to swim so he desires this. When a cat meows, a dog barks, or a fish swims they are reciprocatin...