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Dr. June Normil
A Heavy Responsibility
God established the Old testament priest as the mediator between himself and His people. But that changed forever through the ministry, death, and resurrection of Christ. all who follow Him are part of a holy priesthood--the priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:4-6). As part of the priesthood, we have access to perpetual, direct contact with God. We are offer spiritual sacrifices of praise and service. And we pursue holy separation from the world and separation to God, reflecting the consecration of old Testament priests to God the Father. The foundation of this royal priesthood is our faith in Christ. We are called a chosen people, referencing a group that includes all who call on Christ's name and belong to the Lord. This blessing is offered to all who will surrender themselves to Jesus Christ. As His people, we represent Him to the world. All who call on the name of the Lord become a part of this "chosen people." God has called us out of the bondage of sin and invited us into His eternal, royal family. We are not longer doomed to everlasting separation from god because of our sin. Christ died to deliver us from that punishment. There will be many challenges and battles associated with being a child of God. But He can give us the strength, wisdom, and grace to serve Him to the end.
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 95 Number 3 Mar. Apr. May 2014 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil
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