Monday, July 25, 2011

ARE THERE SPECIAL CHRISTIANS? - PART II

by Aziza Uko

WHO IS A priest and why is he called?
"Every high priest is a man chosen to represent other people in their dealings with God. He presents their gifts to God and offers sacrifices for their sins." Hebrews 5:1. That's who a priest is. Sin offering was ended when Jesus Christ gave the ultimate and last one.

Jesus Christ is our High Priest and his order is forever. He doesn't have a successor. (Hebrews 2, 3, 4, 5 hold some very powerful messages on the priesthood of Jesus Christ). The tithes we bring to the church today go straight to the account of Jesus Christ.

Ministers of the gospel don't have a higher calling than other Christians. They have specific responsibilities or mandates. They occupy offices in the church.

Ephesians 4:11 "Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers." For what purpose? Ephesians 4:12 "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ."

Every Christian has a specific calling, by the way. Many have not just discovered theirs.

There's a lot of discrimination and self-exultation in the church today which should not be. Even among ministers there is discrimination. It is common to hear ministers promoting themselves and their calling and trying to give the impression that they are special. You hear some arguments about a prophet being higher than a pastor or an apostle being higher than a teacher. All these are unnecessary.

Everybody has a role to play in the body of Christ and God calls and chooses people according to His pleasure and His grace. We are all one in Christ.

Jesus told Peter, "If you love me, feed my sheep", not be their priest or be their shepherd. Jesus is the Shepherd.

Jeremiah 3:15 details the role of a pastor - "And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding." In John 17 (a chapter Christians should read often), Jesus Christ so passionately committed His sheep to God in prayer, not to man.

Only Jesus stands as an intermediary between God and man. Under the New Testament - anybody can go to God through Jesus Christ. That's the beauty of Christianity. When Jesus died, the curtain which separated ordinary people and access to the holy place in the temple was torn apart. No human being stands between a Christian and access to Jesus Christ.

The New Testament is littered with the word - "whosoever" which means anybody at all - whoever applies God's Word sees the promised results. The effectiveness of God's Word does not depend on who applies it, it depends on the ONE Who gave the Word. God is an unchanging God. He is no respecter of persons.

1 Peter 2:8-10 "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; 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."

Anybody who has been saved by Jesus Christ has been called out of darkness and into His marvellous light and is a member of the royal priesthood.


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(c) 2011, Aziza Uko. This work is the original work of the author and copyrighted. It may not be reproduced in part or in whole in any form without the permission of the author and proper acknowledgement.

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