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 (1 Pet. 2:5 KJV.)
The Lord has created in you a holy priesthood to offer unto Him spiritual sacrifices. This immediately teaches us that there is both natural sacrifice and spiritual sacrifice.
The priests that served in the Tabernacle or the Temple offered natural sacrifices to God. The Lord later revealed that these natural sacrifices were not really what He wanted (Heb. 10:8.) They were, indeed, only a shadow of the real sacrifices that true worshippers will offer to Him.
The priests in the Temple and the sacrifices they offered were, therefore, only a representation of you and I in Christ today, who are bringing the real, true, and spiritual sacrifices to God. Paul says in Heb. 13:15 that, “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.”
The spiritual sacrifices that are offered in the real Temple of God are the sacrifices of praise, worship, and thanksgiving. These spiritual sacrifices are found in your lips. In fact, the scripture that Paul refers to in Heb. 13:15 is Hosea 14:2, which says that your words are spiritual sacrifices in the same way that the young calves were natural sacrifices.
There is power in your mouth. Cultivate a habit of praising, thanking, and worshipping God constantly. As you do, you will be offering spiritual sacrifices, which are acceptable and well-pleasant in God’s eyes.
What does it mean that you are a priest unto God in Christ? What is the sacrifice you have in your hands to offer to God?
APPLY THE WORD
Start putting to work your priestly role in Christ! Open your mouth and give God praise. Sing unto Him a song of praise and thanksgiving.
Ask the Spirit to help you grow in your priestly duties to God. Pray that you will get into deeper fellowship with Him as you get closer into practical fellowship with His Presence.
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