Christ Our Life and Example as Priests of God

In my study of the priesthood, that we are all priest of God who follow after Christ our high priest, it is imperative that we keep our eyes on Jesus to follow after Him. He is our life (Col. 3:3-4), and the life and head of the priesthood.  He gives stability to the priesthood; He is our cornerstone (1 Peter 2:4-8).  Moreover, all that we are as priests are because of His life and work flowing through us; our compassion for others and our holy character is all from Him. 

But to make certain that His power flowing through us and to have an effective prayer ministry we must obey Him and practice all the things that are required of a priest; for it is always through obedience that He shows us Himself and works through us (Jn. 14:21, Lu. 9:24). 

But we should seek to go even beyond obedience.  If we want to please Him and be a priest like Him, we should strive to be like Him and follow in His steps (1 Pet. 2:21), for He is the only priest that lived a perfect life and the only one that has given us a perfect example. 

There are many priestly characteristics of Christ that we should seek to emulate.  Here are three that we can start with:

1.  He is compassionate.  As I said earlier, it is required of priests that they be compassionate and sympathetic toward sinners.  If we take a look at Jesus’ life in the gospels we will see His compassion for people (Mark 6:34-44).  Also, in Hebrews 4:15 it says of Him, “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

2.  He is Holy.  When we say that Christ is holy, we are saying that He is godly, perfect and pure.  Holiness means all of these things.  Perhaps the way we can begin to be holy, and to emulate His holiness, is by following His dedication to God—His being set apart to God.  This I believe is the very basis of holiness.  If we dedicate our life to Him for His service, He will make us holy and a fitting priest as He is.

3.  He offered Himself as a sacrifice to God for others.  In the words of David Levy, “The death of Christ was a priestly act.  He did not offer gifts and sacrifices, but Himself as the spotless Lamb of God (1 Pet. 1:19) to atone for sin.”3

We also are to give our bodies to God—not dead but alive.  We are to give ourselves as a “living sacrifice” (Rom. 12:1).  This is our priestly duty and holy service to God for others.  With our bodies we are to perform the priestly service of prayer and good works.

3 David Levy, The Tabernacle: Shadows of the Messiah (The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, Inc. Bellmawr, NJ, 1993), p. 190.

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Jesus and the Pharisees: from Matthew 16:5-12

Stephen Nielsen

This is our tenth study on this topic. Please click HERE for an intro to this study. Today we will focus on the false teaching of the Pharisees.

Matthew 16:5-12

When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread. 6 “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

7 They discussed this among themselves and said, “It is because we didn’t bring any bread.”

8 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? 9 Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 11 How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about…

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The Last of the Snow?

Stephen Nielsen

The snow’s melted now, but just a few days ago this is what it looked like in my back yard.

Soon it will be so green you you won’t be able to see through.

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God or Mammon

Stephen Nielsen

The following text is part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, which is on the subject of wealth and worldly-mindedness; and it is meant mainly for Christians, but also for non-Christians. 

Matthew 6:19-24

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22 “The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. 23 “But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! 24 “No one can serve two…

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Our Border Is Being Overwhelmed by Design

Stephen Nielsen

It’s so sad what is happening at the southern border. But it isn’t by Biden’s incompetence. It is by an evil socialist design. The design is written out for us in this article: The Cloward-Piven Strategy: Orchestrating A Crisis So Government Can “Solve” It, Posted on July 6, 2018.

You can read the article for yourself, but I will give you their four steps:

The four steps of the Cloward-Piven Strategy:

  1. Overload and Break the System
  2. Have Chaos Ensue
  3. Take Control in the Chaos
  4. Implement Socialism and Communism through Government Force

Mark Levin interviewed Tom Homan who confirmed the evil plot. Here is the article:

Here is the interview of Tom Homan on The Life Liberty and Lavin show:

President Biden “sold out” America to progressives in order to be elected president, former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Tom Homan told “Life, Liberty & Levin” in…

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Jesus and the Pharisees: from Matthew 16:1-4

Stephen Nielsen

This is our ninth study on this topic. Please click HERE for an intro to this study. Today we will focus on how Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for not being able in interpret the signs of the times, and how many of us can’t do it either.

Matthew 16:1-4

The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven.

2 He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ 3 and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. 4 A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” Jesus then left them and…

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Following the Creek: 16 Creek Photos

Stephen Nielsen

I was glad to see the snow and ice thawed off of Rice Creek, so I thought I would follow it around and get a few photos. It a little difficult walking in the dead grass; I had to be careful not to turn my ankle. Overall, it was a wonderful day.

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Out for A Walk

Stephen Nielsen

The beginning of my walk is through the trees.

This is a favorite trail for couples.

I veered off the main trail to walk along the creek. Just two weeks ago it was iced over.

This looks like the work of beavers, but I haven’t seen one yet. Maybe they work during the night.

It’s very grassing along the creek. The Spring and Autumn is the best time to walk here. In the summer it is almost impossible with the grass being so tall and thick.

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Jesus and the Pharisees: from Matthew 15:10-20

Stephen Nielsen

This is our eighth study on this topic. Please click HERE for an intro to this study.

Matthew 15:10-20

10 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. 11 What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.'”

12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”

13 He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. 14 Leave them; they are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

15 Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.”

16 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out…

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Spring Thaw Brings the Ducks

Stephen Nielsen

It isn’t technically Spring yet, but this day was very Spring-like.

This is the only place on this small lake where there is water for the ducks to play. There is an underwater current here that melts the ice and draws the ducks.

Most of the walking path is dry and free of snow and ice. Soon all the snow will melt.

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