A Kingdom Of PriestsHandbook 2: Article 31 - Building Blocks

"The Church is a universal priesthood. In the Church God's people are God's priests. If there are people, there are priests. There are as many priests as there are Christians. Every one of us must draw near to God and offer spiritual sacrifices. All should offer the sacrifices, all should take part in spiritual matters. This is not a selective ministry, for all are to serve God. Unless all are involved, it is not the Church.

In the organized visible church we see a separation between the priests (the clergy) and the other believers. An inner group has come between God and His people. This is the work and teaching of the Nicolaitans (Revelation 2). We cannot allow this inner group to exist. We will not accept any group standing between God's children and God, serving as an intermediary priesthood. In the Church every child of God is a priest. We do not ask one or a few to manage spiritual things for us. We see today the presence of an in-group in Christianity -- those who are appointed to serve God while the rest of the people are merely members of the church.

The idea of an intermediary class comes from the world, from the flesh, from idol worship, and from the love of the world. If, from the beginning, all brethren would deny themselves, the world and its idols, they would be able to offer themselves to God.

I want to show brothers and sisters that, during the last days, it is God's intention to recover things to His original design. He is going the way of recovery. He is going to bring His children to this course. One basic segment of His recovery is the restoration of the universal priesthood of believers. If the priesthood is not universal, we have failed God; we have not walked in His way. We are following man's traditions.

I charge you, do not expect or allow anyone to be a priest for you."

Watchman Nee

"He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father."

Revelation 1:6

"I urge you therefore brethren by the mercies of God, to present your bodies, a living sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship."

Romans 12:1

"Gather My godly ones to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice."

Psalm 50:5

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