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Offering the Sacrifice of Praise (1 of 3)
Series: Offering Spiritual Sacrifices
1 Peter 2:5, Hebrews 13:15
1. In both the Old and New Testaments you find many references to the priest and the priesthood. In the Old Testament the priesthood involved a specific family. Under Levitical arrangements the priesthood was limited to one tribe, the tribe of Levi, and to only one family of that tribe, the family of Aaron. Yet in the New Testament we find that the priesthood involves a spiritual family.
2. We read in 1 Peter 2:9, ''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:'' Peter tells us that every person that has been brought out of darkness into light, from death unto life, is a royal priest. If you have been saved you are priests.
3. The same truth is declared in Revelation 1:6: ''And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.'' In the Old Testament only a limited number of God's people had the privilege of being a priest. But in the New Testament all of God's people is a priest.
4. The word ''priest'' always denotes one who offers sacrifices. The priest of the Old Testament had the responsibility of offering the sacrifices as required by the sacrificial system. As believers, being priests, there are sacrifices we are to offer. In our text Peter tells us, ''Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.''
5. We do not offer lambs, bullocks, turtledoves, and sheaves of wheat as did the Old Testament priests, but as Peter described it, ''spiritual sacrifices.'' What are these spiritual sacrifices? I want for the next 3 weeks point out some of these spiritual sacrifices that we are to offer. As I look at the scripture I see ...
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