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The Importance of the Local Church, Part 3

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Last week we looked at the ordinances of the church -- baptism and the Lord's supper. The local church observes these ordinances in obedience to Jesus Christ. 
 
Now let us consider another great truth which concerns all believers.
 
In the Old Testament, we find that there were men who were called of God to be priests. The priests had access to God and they served God. It was a great honour to be a priest, but only the men of one tribe—the tribe of Levi—could be priests. Those who were not priests could not approach God directly; they could not make sacrifices to God directly; they could not serve God directly. Everything had to be done for them by the priests. Even the priests themselves had to have a high priest, and he alone could enter the most holy place where the glory of God dwelt. Thus, we see that the children of Israel were divided into two classes: (1) the people of God and (2) the priests of God.
 
In the New Testament, we find that all believers are "priests unto God." There is no special class among the people of God. Twice in the New Testament we find that the whole body of Christians—all believers—are declared to be priests. The Bible says in 1 Peter 2:5 & 9, "…you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, A HOLY PRIESTHOOD…you are a chosen generation, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD…" 

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