New Testament Priesthood
1Peter 2:5Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
1Peter 2:9-11 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:
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
The New Testament affirms that all Christians are a part of a priesthood. Being members of a holy nation we are to offer up spiritual sacrifices unto God. Every born again child of God is a part of this priesthood which is a birth right, regardless whether we know it or not.
As mentioned in the above scripture, our duties consist of offering up spiritual sacrifices unto God, which glorifies God and His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us look at some of these sacrifices that we are to offer.
A Sacrifice of Praise
Hebrews 13:15By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God
continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
When is praise a sacrifice?
God is worthy of praise at all times but when we praise God regardless of our circumstance or situation, even in a hard time, it glorifies our precious Savior. As a New Testament priest we are to offer up praise when it is a sacrifice. When everything looks bad and you want to pull your hair out, just begin to praise the Lord.
Do good and share
Hebrews 13:16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. (Modern king James version)
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good
To accomplish good deeds and giving often requires that we considered ourselves last and put others first. To do this is sacrificial.
Please notice the heart of Jesus in the following scripture:
Philippians 2:3-7Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves.
4 Do not let each man look upon his own things, but each man also on the things of others.
5 For let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
6 who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God,
7 but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.
Present our bodies holy
Romans 12:1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
As a Christian and a member of a New Testament priesthood we are to present our bodies holy unto God. Holiness is the outliving of our position as children of God and our standing in righteousness; which we have in Christ.
Concerning our physical bodies, please also notice:
1Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Offer up prayers
1Timothy 2:1-3First of all, then, I exhort that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,
2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
Ephesians 6:18praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching to this very thing with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
James 5:16Confess faults to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous one avails much.
In closing this basic teaching, as Christians we sacrificially offer up our lives unto God as a savor of the aroma of Christ.