Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Griffith Thomas: the silence

Tuesday, July 19, 2022
    Feast of Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, & his sister Macrina, Teachers, c.394 & c.379
    You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.
    —Revelation 5:10 (NIV)
    The NT is entirely silent as to this special and, as it were, localized priesthood. Surely, if the ministry had been regarded as exercising a priesthood distinguishable from the priesthood of all believers, or regarded as the priesthood of the church in a specialized way, it would have been necessary to show that this ministerial priesthood existed in the early church. Yet there are no priestly functions associated with the Christian ministry as such in the NT. Instead, the priesthood of all believers is inherent in their relation to Christ. This is the divine warrant for it and there is no such warrant for any narrower or modified form of it.
    ... W. H. Griffith Thomas (1861-1924), from “A Question for the Day” [ca. 1900] (see the book)
    See also Rev. 5:10; Eph. 4:16; 2 Tim. 2:2; Heb. 7:24; 1 Pet. 1:23; 2:5,9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead us to be true to Your example.
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