I can speak and hear directly from God. I need only one mediator: Jesus Christ.
As a pastor my job is the same as our parishioners, lay persons and congregants. I am to point all people to God. We are now given the responsibility of the priesthood, every believer, each one of us. People died in times of reformation over ideas like this that became evident when normal people were encouraged to read the NewTestament for themselves. You may not think reading the Bible in your native language is a radical idea but some were called heretics and were burned for teaching such a thing. We should appreciate the opportunity to read and engage with Scripture.
I cannot fathom not having access to the Scripture. Many in our world today don’t have the opportunity to read the Bible. In these cultures God uses other ways like dreams sand visions to speak into the lives of people. Here in the United States I’m free to read Scripture and obey it without losing my life as a consequence.
Hebrews 7:11 says, ““Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron?”
None are able to attain perfection. None are fit to do what Jesus accomplished. He is the perfect example of a priest, the One who freely gave up himself for all. All I need to be made right with God is Jesus. I love teaching our at-risk students that they can reach out to God no matter where they are. I can pray and listen to God as I shower, cook, drive, take a walk, etc… and so can you. God awaits us quietly. We need not seek out a Melchizedek, another human being. We have Jesus. Let’s not take advantage of this great gift we have. Let’s not spoil and waste this great invitation God has granted us.
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