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The doctrine of the priesthood of all believers does not mean only that we can pray directly to God, though it does mean that. And it does not mean only that we can read the Bible for ourselves, it does mean that. But it means primarily that we have a holy, happy duty to worship the living Triune God and to do it as priests.
Our worship is intercessory. Priests represent God before the world and they represent the world before God. Read more
In the last entry it was proposed that mankind was created by God primarily for worship. Where do we get this idea?
From the first pages of the Bible we find that God created Adam, the first man, for worship. That is, Adam’s job and the purpose of his being was to glorify his creator by obeying Him and communing with Him and listening to His word and following it. And Adam was given a liturgical helper, Eve, who would worship with him. Out of their worship and obedience together would flow their dominion over the whole earth. God gave them children who they were to train up to be worshipers. They were to fill the earth with a race of worshipers and that purpose and calling do not change after the Fall. Read more
At the core of man’s rebellion against God is his ingratitude for God’s good gifts. The failure of man to be thankful to his Creator is the fountain from which all moral decadence and disorder flows. Every tragic story of sin and judgment in the Bible would be entirely different if thankless hearts were replaced by thankful hearts, and thus we see that Read more