III. The Bible language of the Priesthood      
         The apostle Peter writes that the Church (the body of Christ) is a "holy priesthood, to offer
         up spiritual
[3]sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." (1Peter.2:5-9 / Exod.19:1-6, Rev.1:6; 5:10)

   A. The Priesthood began in the Law of Moses
​               The children of Israel had been delivered from the 400 year bondage to Egypt, gone through the Red Sea
               and arrived at Mt. Sinai where God gave Moses the law.
(Phase 2The purpose of the Law, which

               included the Priesthood(Exod.19:1-6; 28:1-43, Num.1:47-54) was to bring us to Christ.

               (Gal.3:24, Matt.5:17-19) When Christ came He said, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law 

               (which includes the Priesthood) or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill (complete) every

               jot[1] and tittle"[2]." (Matt.5:17-19, 1Cor.10:1-11, Rom.3:21-31) 




​            Jesus came
and fulfilled (completed the shadow of) the Law of the High Priest
(Heb.3:1; 10:1-10) and gave 
              us "power to become the sons of God" to fulfill (complete) the shadow 
of the sons of Aaron who were

              the Priesthood. This language is crucial to understanding our responsibilities of being a Priest.

            1. The Language of the Priesthood qualifications
                   The apostle Paul writes, do not be ignorant, how that all our fathers (who had just
                   become delivered by the blood of the Passover Lamb
Exod.7-13) were under the cloud,
                   and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in
                the sea; 
And did all eat the
same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual
: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

                   (1Cor.10:1-4) This languageis "ensamples"(types / models)[4] to the Church today!

    a. No stranger
Appoint "Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait on their priest's office: and the 
[5] (foreigner) that cometh nigh shall be put to death."
(Num.3:10) The apostle
​                       Paul uses this language and interprets it to mean that those who are "without Christ,
                       are "aliens...and 
strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and
                       without God in the world."

                b. Must wear the proper garments
 The Sons of Aaron must "wear (fine linen) coats, girdles, bonnets for glory and  
                       beauty." They were to be anointed, consecrated and sanctified "that they may
                       minister unto me (God) in the priest's office."
(Exod.28:39-41) "Fine Linen is the
                       righteousness of the saints."
(Rev.19:8, 2Cor.5:21 / Isa.64:6)

                c. They must wash in the Laver BEFORE they ministered everyday.

     God told Moses to "make a laver of brass, and his foot also of brass, to wash withal:
                       and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and
                       thou shalt put water therein. For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their
                    feet thereat: When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall
                       wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to
                       minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the Lord."
(Exod.30:17-21, Eph.5:26) The  
                       English word
"washing" comes from the Greek word "Laver." 

                d. Limitations if any blemishes were found in the Priest 
                      Whosoever he be of thy (Aaron's
Ex. 21:17) seed in their generations that hath any
, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God."
ev.21:16-24) The
                      apostle Paul writes that Jesus (the fulfillment of Aaron) will 
"sanctify and cleanse it
                      (His Church / Bride) with the
washing of water by the word, that he might present it
                      to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it
                      should be holy and without
blemish. (Eph.5:26-27)

  B. Jesus is the reality of the High Priest
             The pattern requires a High Priest and a Priesthood.
(Exod.28:1-43, Lev.16:1-2, 17,
The Priests offered these offerings, but the High Priest was the only one who
             atoned for sin. Therefore "it behoved him (Jesus) to be made like unto his brethren, that he
             might be a merciful and faithful
high priest in things pertaining to God, to make
             reconciliation for the sins of the people."
(Heb.2:1; 3:1; 4:14-16; 5:1-5; 6:20; 7:1-28; 8:1-5;
              9:1-26; 10:1-25)

             Note: Just as the High Priest (Aaron) function in the Tabernacle.  Jesus, our High Priest, is
             functioning in the true Tabernacle that the Lord pitched in Heaven itself.
       (Exod.28:1-43, Heb.8:1-5; 9:24)

       1. We are the reality of the Levitical priesthood

                  Peter followed the same blueprint. We become the reality of the sons of Aaron, the High
                  Priest because The Lord Jesus Christ 
(John.1:12 / 2Cor.5:17) has given us power to become
                  the sons of God in "heavenly places"
(Eph.1:3; 2:6) in the "true Tabernacles that the Lord

2. The language of the priesthoods responsibilities
                 The apostle Peter writes that the Church, the body of Christ, we are a "holy
priesthood, (and
                 are accountable to minister
(Num.1:47-54) unto God by offering up spiritual sacrifices,
                 acceptable to God by Jesus Christ."
(1Peter.2:5-9 / Exod.19:1-6, Rev.1:6; 5:10)
a. Sacrifices are to be without blemish
Whosoever he be of thy (Aaron's the high priests Lev.21:17) seed in their generations that
                      hath any blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God...Only he shall not
                      go in unto the vail, nor come nigh unto the altar, because he hath a blemish; that he
                      profane not my sanctuaries: for I the Lord do sanctify them.
 (Lev.21:16-24, Note.v.18, 23,

               b. Only the Priests offer Sacrifice / Offering

It was only the sons of Aaron
(Lev.21:16-24) in the Old Testament pattern that could
sacrifice.(Lev.1:5; 2:2; 3:7, 13; 6:14; 7:10, Gal.3:24, Rom.3:21-31; 9:1-6)They were
                     responsible for offering the correct offering, in the correct order. They were accountable
                     for each offering, that it was not blemished. 

               c. The Priests were responsible for the Word of God
"Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests, the sons of Levi, which
                      bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and unto all the elders of Israel. And Moses
                      commanded them, saying...
thou s
halt read this law before all Israel in their hearing...that
                  they may hear
, and that they may learn, and fear the Lord your God, and observe to do
                     all the words of this law..."
(Deut.31:9-11; 17:18; 24:8, 2Chron.15:3; 34:15, Neh.8:2-8, Mal.2:7,  
​                       2Tim.2:15; 4:2 / 1Peter.2:5) 




1.   Jot - Strong's Con. NT #2503 ἰῶτα iōta, ee-o'-tah; of Hebrew origin (the tenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet); "iota", the name of the eighth
      letter of the Greek alphabet, put (figuratively) for a very small part of anything:—jot.  The Hebrew letter `, the smallest of them all
      hence equivalent to the minutest part
2.   Tittle - a little horn extremity, apex, point used by grammarians of the accents and diacritical points. Jesus used it of the little lines or
      projections, by which the Hebrew letters in other respects similar differ from one another; the meaning is, "not even the minutest part
      of the law shall perish." Strong’s Definitions  NT #2762 something horn-like, i.e. (specially) the apex of a Hebrew letter (figuratively, the    
     least particle):—tittle.

3.  Spiritual Sacrifices - Therefore, as a "new creature in Christ" (2Cor.5:17) we must minister unto the Lord according to this daily pattern of
      the Priesthood because we are in Christ who is fulfilling this pattern. (2Cor.5:17, Exod.29:44) 
4.  Ensamples - Strong's Con. NT #1579  †τύπος týpos, too'-pos; from G5180; a die (as struck), i.e. (by implication) a stamp or scar; by
     analogy, a shape, i.e. a statue, (figuratively) style or resemblance; specially, a sampler ("type"), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for
     warning): —en-(ex-)ample, (1Cor.10:6) fashion, (Acts.7:44) figure, (Acts.7:43, Rom.5:14) form, (Rom.16:17) manner, pattern, (Titus 2:7) print.
5.   Stranger - Strong's Con. OT#2114 זוּר zûwr, zoor; a primitive root; to turn aside (especially for lodging); hence to be a foreigner, strange,
      profane; specifically (active participle) to commit adultery:—(come from) another (man, place), fanner, go away, (e-) strange(-r, thing,
6.   Washing - "a bath, a laver" (akin to louo, see above), is used metaphorically of the Word of God, as the instrument of spiritual cleansing, 
      Eph 5:26; in Tts 3:5, of "the washing of regeneration" (Vines Expo, Dict.) λουτρόν loutrón, loo-tron'; from G3068; a bath, i.e. (figuratively),
​      baptism:—washing. (Strong's Con.)