• Michael Haldas

Priesthood


“The word “priest” means “offeror” and, according to the Church, all human beings, clergy and laity, are supposed to be offerors in that we should offer our lives and all we have first to God because they are God’s.” (Sacramental Living)

“In baptism we all are anointed with grace as priests in the Kingdom of God; for the spiritual Kingdom is also the spiritual priesthood. Moreover, as the body of Christ, we have a priestly ministry to the world, fulfilling the very priesthood and intercession of the Lord Himself…” (Orthodox Study Bible, 1 Peter 2:9)

“God has not left to chance who will be part of a unique body of people, a group who will serve Him, a royal priesthood. Believers are transformed not only internally (1 Peter 2:5), which describes us as being made into a “holy priesthood” but also externally. We are a priesthood that functions in a ruling capacity, as kings. a holy nation. Believers are a unified group of people who are set apart for God’s use. special people. God protects those whom He has adopted into His family.” (Foundation Study Bible,1 Peter 2:9)

“All Christians are priests in Christ...everybody is equally a priest before God, everybody is equally called…we are called to imitate Christ throughout our lives…” (Orthodox Study Bible, Titus 1:5-9, D. Stuart Briscoe, Christopher Flesoras)

“God wants us to be aware always of the people next to us. It’s not enough to work honestly and industriously, for Christ calls us to be a priesthood of believers who willingly take responsibility for those who are our neighbors.” (Bruce Larson)

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