Individual Priesthood of The Believer

Edwin Joseph Moelder  Itinerant Evangelist

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Sola Scriptura - Solus Christus - Sola Gratia – Sola Fide - Soli Deo Gloria.

No King but King Jesus.

ATONING BLOOD OF CHRIST ALONE

Judaism and Islam are blasphemy of the Holy Trinity.

MELCHISEDEC

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An High Priest For Ever After The Order Of Melchisedec HEBREWS 5:6 KJV

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ABRAHAM WAS JUSTIFIED BY JHWH JEHOVAH JIREH THE GREAT HIGH PRIEST OF THE ORDER OF MELCHISEDEC - JESUS THE CHRIST WHO APPEARED TO HAVE A BODILY FORM (A CHRISTOPHANY/THEOPHANY).

FAITH ALONE PLUS NOTHING JUSTIFIED ABRAHAM.. BEFORE MOSES. BEFORE AARON. BEFORE THE TRIBE OF LEVI. BEFORE THE LAW. BEFORE ANY TABERNACLE. JEW AND GENTILE ARE JUSTIFIED JUST AS ABRAHAM BY OUR FAITH IN JESUS THE CHRIST, ABRAHAM'S SEED JESUS THE CHRIST. NOTE, SEED NOT SEEDS. SEE GENESIS 12 AND 22: 11-14.

THE LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD ENDED FOR EVER THE DAY THAT JESUS THE CHRIST APPLIED HIS BLOOD IN THE HOLY OF HOLIES

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Heb 7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office

        of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people

        according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out

        of the loins of Abraham: (KJV)

 

Heb 7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under

         it the people received the law,) what further need was there that

         another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be

         called after the order of Aaron? (KJV)

 

Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change

         also of the law. (KJV)

 

Heb 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe

         Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

         (KJV)

 

Heb 7:24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable

         priesthood. (KJV)

 

1 Pet 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy

          priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by

          Jesus Christ. (KJV)

 

1 Pet 2:9 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:

          (KJV)

 

Exodus 6:25 And Eleazar Aaron's son took him one of the daughters of Putiel to

            wife; and she bare him Phinehas: these are the heads of the

            fathers of the Levites according to their families.

            (KJV)

 

Exodus 6:25 And Eleazar Aaron's son took him one of the daughters of Putiel to

            wife; and she bare him Phinehas: these are the heads of the

            fathers of the Levites according to their families.

            (KJV)

 

Num 25:7 And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest,

         saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in

         his hand; (KJV)

 

Num 25:11 Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath

          turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was

          zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of

          Israel in my jealousy. (KJV)

 

Num 31:6 And Moses sent them to the war, a thousand of every tribe, them and

         Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war, with the holy

         instruments, and the trumpets to blow in his hand.

         (KJV)

 

Joshua 22:13 And the children of Israel sent unto the children of Reuben, and

             to the children of Gad, and to the half tribe of Manasseh, into

             the land of Gilead, Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest,

             (KJV)

 

Joshua 22:30 And when Phinehas the priest, and the princes of the congregation

             and heads of the thousands of Israel which were with him, heard

             the words that the children of Reuben and the children of Gad and

             the children of Manasseh spake, it pleased them.

             (KJV)

 

Joshua 22:31 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest said unto the children

             of Reuben, and to the children of Gad, and to the children of

             Manasseh, This day we perceive that the LORD is among us, because

             ye have not committed this trespass against the LORD: now ye have

             delivered the children of Israel out of the hand of the LORD.

             (KJV)

 

Joshua 22:32 And Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, and the princes,

             returned from the children of Reuben, and from the children of

             Gad, out of the land of Gilead, unto the land of Canaan, to the

             children of Israel, and brought them word again.

             (KJV)

 

Joshua 24:33 And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in a hill

             that pertained to Phinehas his son, which was given him in mount

             Ephraim. (KJV)

 

Judges 20:28 And Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, stood before

             it in those days,) saying, Shall I yet again go out to battle

             against the children of Benjamin my brother, or shall I cease?

             And the LORD said, Go up; for to morrow I will deliver them into

             thine hand. (KJV)

 

1 Sam 1:3 And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to

          sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli,

          Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there.

          (KJV)

 

1 Sam 2:34 And this shall be a sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy two

           sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die both of

           them. (KJV)

 

1 Sam 4:4 So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the

          ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth between the

          cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there

          with the ark of the covenant of God.

          (KJV)

 

1 Sam 4:11 And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and

           Phinehas, were slain. (KJV)

 

1 Sam 4:17 And the messenger answered and said, Israel is fled before the

           Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the

           people, and thy two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and

           the ark of God is taken. (KJV)

 

1 Sam 4:19 And his daughter in law, Phinehas' wife, was with child, near to be

           delivered: and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was

           taken, and that her father in law and her husband were dead, she

           bowed herself and travailed; for her pains came upon her.

           (KJV)

 

1 Sam 14:3 And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, Ichabod's brother, the son of

           Phinehas, the son of Eli, the LORD's priest in Shiloh, wearing an

           ephod. And the people knew not that Jonathan was gone.

           (KJV)

 

1 Chr 6:4 Eleazar begat Phinehas, Phinehas begat Abishua,

          (KJV)

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The Individual Priesthood of the believer was once addressed in the early 1960s STATEMENT OF FAITH of The Southern Baptist Convention.  

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The Priesthood of All Believers: 1st Century Church Life in the 21st Century (Paperback) by Milt Rodriguez (Author) "http://www.amazon.com/Priesthood-All-Believers-Century-Church/dp/097499250X/ref=sr_1_1/002-7536434-2928852?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1183491417&sr=8-1"

In this revolutionary book, Milt Rodriguez has us take a new look at both the wine and the wineskin. The dynamic life of God’s own Son cannot be contained within the rigid walls of the religious system. Milt pulls back the scales from our eyes to enable us to see God’s eternal purpose and goal. Then he uses the picture of the priesthood to show us the difference between the levitical priesthood and the eternal priesthood of Melchizedek. The order of Melchizedek operates by the power of an endless life! Life always determines form.

God’s goal is that the fulness of Christ would be expressed through His body. This cannot happen with our present day church practices. A revolution must take place where the centrality of Jesus Christ is supreme and every member of the body functions under His direct headship. Milt shows us how this can be possible in our present day situation. This book will not only shake your thoughts on church life, it will challenge you to take the torch of radical church reform into the 21st century!
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From "http://www.maym.org/faith_and_practice/part_1/chap_4_sec_1.htm#liberty"

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Friends believe ......the individual priesthood of believers who may approach God directly without human intervention.

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From "http://www.enhancedweb.com/manainc/whoweare.htm"

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Ministry Among Native Americans, Inc., believes......the high priesthood of Christ who gives access to the Father by forgiving sins; and the individual priesthood of believers who may approach God directly without human intervention.
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From "http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/creeds3.vi.iv.i.ii.html"

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The Lambeth Quadrilateral and the Free Churches

II. The Lambeth Quadrilateral and the Free Churches of England.—The Appeal, reaching the Federal Council of the Free Churches of England, was primarily acted upon 1921–25 by a Joint Conference between the Council's representatives of the Baptist, Congregational, Moravian, Presbyterian, Primitive Methodist, United Methodist, and Wesleyan bodies and a committee appointed by the two archbishops of England, the archbishops themselves being included. The deliberations were suspended by the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1925, that 'full opportunity might be given to the Churches to study and understand the documents already submitted' and the Federal Council's committee dismissed.(2258) The Free Churches then individually discussed the Quadrilateral and replied to it. In general, objection was made to the Lambeth condition of episcopal ordination as essential, to the limitations put upon the dispensation of the Lord's Supper, and to creeds as of perpetually binding force. The Baptists declared that there is 'no separated body of priests.' The Congregational Union of England and Wales denied that 'the existence of separated Churches is necessarily contrary to the mind of Christ' and affirmed that the view that the validity of the ministry depends on episcopal ordination 'ran counter to their deepest convictions.'

2258A memorandum presented June 19, 1925, by the representatives of the Anglican Church in the Joint Conference called the ministries of the Free Churches 'real ministries,' but declared, at the same time, that, though they 'may possess spiritual, reality and efficacy, due authority' did not follow. 'This matter of due authority,' it added, 'is to us one of highest importance. Spiritual efficacy is one thing, due authority is another.' See Bell. Documents II., 79. The Churches of Scotland took no part in negotiations, as they were engaged in discussions over their own consolidation. The Rev. C. C. Starbuck, writing years ago, said, 'the impression given him by the consensus of Episcopal judgment on the Historic Episcopate is that it is rather a demand for submission than a solicitation of brotherly union.'

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From: "http://www.biblefellowship.org/BibleAndLife/bibleandlife_2003_5.htm "

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"The New Testament know no spiritual aristocracy or nobility, but calls all believers 'saints', though many fall short far short of their vocation. Nor does it recognize a special priesthood in distinction from the people, as mediating between God and the laity. It knows only one high priest, Jesus Christ, and clearly teaches the universal priesthood of all believers...which even to this day is not fully realized."

Phillip Schaff
(1819-1893)
from - The History of the Christian Church

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The Priesthood of All Believers
by David Dunlap

"On the 1st of March, 1546, a scaffold was erected before the Castle of Saint Andrew in Scotland and foggots of dried wood were piled around it...When all was ready two deathsmen brought George Wishart from his prison...He knelt down and prayed before the pile; then exhorted the people to love the word of God and to suffer patiently...as he was tied to the stake he announced, "for the true Gospel which was given to me by the grace of God, I suffer this day by men, not sorrowfully, but with a glad heart and mind." (1)
Devout men of a bygone era were not characterized by the doctrinal indifference that ofttimes plagues the present generation. These men were willing to suffer greatly, indeed, and even die for the truths of the Word of God. The conviction and cry of their hearts concerning biblical truth was-- "for this will I die." One of the great doctrines for which great men of God died was the doctrine of the priesthood of every believer. This doctrine set forth the truth that every believer, by virtue of the death of Christ, has access into the holy presence of God to offer up spiritual sacrifices of worship unto God. This doctrine was a foundational truth of the Reformation, standing side by side with solo fide (salvation by faith alone), solo scriptura (scripture alone), and solo gratis (salvation through grace alone). These Reformers spoke loudly and boldly concerning this truth. Martin Luther (1483-1543), that intrepid warrior, was one who outshone other Reformers in the proclamation and the defense of this important doctrine. In a time when the majority of Christendom opposed the priesthood of all believers, Martin Luther stood as an impregnable fortress. When his very life and livelihood were threatened for the truth of God"s Word, he remained steadfast. When the scholars of the day argued that only a trained class of ordained clergy were permitted to serve God as priests, he stood unmoved upon the bedrock of Scripture. He declared that the Scriptures stated that, "All Christians are altogether priests, and let it be anathema to assert there is any other priest than he who is Christian; for it will be asserted without the Word of God, on no authority but the sayings of men, or the antiquity of custom, or the multitude of those that think so." (2) Ready weapons in their defense of truth were the words of the apostle Peter and other New Testament writers.

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From: "http://www.gotquestions.org/priesthood-believers.html"

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Is the priesthood of all believers Biblical?

Question: "Is the priesthood of all believers Biblical?"

Answer: There is one main passage that deals with the priesthood of all believers. It is as follows: "You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ … But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:5-9).

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In summary, believers are called "kings and priests" and a "royal priesthood" as a reflection of their privileged status as heirs to the kingdom of the Almighty God and of the Lamb. Because of this privileged closeness with God, no other earthly mediator is necessary. Secondly, believers are called priests because salvation is not merely “fire insurance,” escape from hell. Rather, believers are called by God to serve Him by offering up spiritual sacrifices, i.e., being a people zealous for good works. As priests of the living God, we are all to give praise to the One who has given us the great gift of His Son's sacrifice on our behalf, and in response, to share this wonderful grace with others.

 

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From: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/schaff/hcc7.ii.i.viii.html

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The Priesthood of the Laity.

In the New Testament every believer is called a saint, a priest, and a king. "All Christians," says Luther, "are truly of the spiritual estate, and there is no difference among them, save of office alone. As St. Paul says, we are all one body, though each member does its own work, to serve the others. This is because we have one baptism, alike; one gospel, one faith, and are all Christians for baptism, gospel and faith, these alone make spiritual and Christian people." And again: "It is faith that makes men priests, faith that unites them to Christ, and gives them the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, whereby they become filled with all holy grace and heavenly power. The inward anointing—this oil, better than any that ever came from the horn of bishop or pope—gives them not the name only, but the nature, the purity, the power of priests; and this anointing have all they received who are believers in Christ."

This principle, consistently carried out, raises the laity to active co-operation in the government and administration of the church; it gives them a voice and vote in the election of the pastor; it makes every member of the congregation useful, according to his peculiar gift, for the general good. This principle is the source of religious and civil liberty which flourishes most in Protestant countries. Religious liberty is the mother of civil liberty. The universal priesthood of Christians leads legitimately to the universal kingship of free, self-governing citizens, whether under a monarchy or under a republic.

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From: "http://www.baptistdistinctives.org/article7_4_04_05.pdf "

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The priesthood of each believer in Baptist thought is tied closely to another concept, that of soul competency. Each person has a God-given competence to know and follow God's will. A decision to follow Christ as Lord and Savior is an individual decision; no one can make it for another. Being a believer priest is a gift from God, not a human achievement; it comes with salvation.

Each believer priest is responsible for his or her own actions. Individual believers can go directly to God without the aid of any intermediary. Individuals can and should read and interpret the Bible for themselves without religious officials dictating to them what to believe.

Believer priests are all equal to one another in Christ (Galatians 3:26-28). There is only one High Priest, that is Jesus Christ (Hebrews 7:23-8:13).

Each believer priest has a responsibility to be committed to Christ and to share Christ through word and deed. As Peter stated it: to “declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light" (1 Peter 2:9 NIV).

Therefore, a church does not have only one priest. Potentially it has many who communicate the love and forgiveness of God and demonstrate concern and compassion of one believer for another.

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From: http://www.pcusa.org/today/believe/past/mar04/priesthood.htm  

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In the days of the apostles, the calling to serve as priests was revived. Peter declared, "You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light" (1 Peter 2:9). In this case God's word has not come as a promise for the future but as a declaration for the present: "You are ... a royal priesthood."

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I serve no man or denomination nor for gain. I serve Jesus The Christ alone.

With the love of the Holy Trinity of the ancient Catholic faith, SEPARATE FROM ROMEeverlastingly
sealed in The body of Jesus The Christ,

Edwin Joseph Moelder +
Evangelist
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Great Grand Son of CSA Veterans, Revolutionary War Veterans and French and
Indian War Veterans.
Descendant of Zipporah Murray, Christopher Gist, Shem, Heber, Abraham, Judah
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