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Offering the Sacrifice of Thanksgiving (2 of 3)
Series: Offering Spiritual Sacrifices
1 Peter 2:5, Psalm 116:17
1. Last Sunday morning we saw from the words of Peter that as believers we are priests and as priests we are to offer spiritual sacrifices. As we continue that thought I point out that Peter speaks of the believer as a ''holy'' priests (2:5), and ''royal'' priests'' (2:9).
2. As a holy priesthood we see our purpose. The word ''holy'' speaks of that which is sacred. The priests in the Old Testament were sacred in the sense they were set apart with a divine purpose. A specific part of that purpose was to offer sacrifices to God. As a holy priesthood one great purpose of the Christian life is the offering of spiritual sacrifices to God.
3. As a royal priesthood we see our privilege. The word ''royal'' speaks of a king and describes that which is kingly. In the Old Testament no priest was ever a king and no king was ever a priest. But as believers we are not only priests but we are kings and priests. We read in Revelation 1:6 that God ''hath made us kings and priests.'' We not only have a great purpose in life but we also enjoy a great privilege. As a holy priest we have a reason to come to God. As a royal priest we have the right to come to God.
4. Peter tells us in verse 5 that as priests we are to offer spiritual sacrifices to God. What are these spiritual sacrifices? Last week we saw that we are to offer the sacrifice of praise. We saw in Hebrews 13:15: ''By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.'' We saw that praise is a personal offering, a proper offering, and a perpetual offering.
5. Today we want to look at the spiritual offering of thanksgiving. Our text in Psalm 116:17 says, ''I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord.'' One of the spiritual sacrifices we are to offer to God is ...
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